One of these days, new Penn State football coach James Franklin will get to relax and catch up on some sleep. Not yet, though, as Franklin has engagement after engagement on campus and plenty of people to meet. On Monday night, the former Vanderbilt coach took in the hockey game vs. No. 1 Minnesota. Franklin was kind enough to stop by our broadcast booth for an interview. Watch our interview with Franklin in this post.
In case any doubters remained—Iowa is for real, as proven by its 10-point win in Columbus. Granted, this was probably more like a six- or eight-point win if Ohio State isn’t fouling desperately at the end. But that’s splitting hairs, especially because most teams in that position do the same thing.
It was sad to hear of the passing of former Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker. He was one of the best in the business, but you rarely heard about it because of the low profile he kept.
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It’s time to begin Week Three of the Big Ten season. Michigan State, Wisconsin and Michigan are unbeaten in conference play, while Iowa is coming on. And you know Ohio State will dig in after suffering back-to-back losses. There are no Titanic clashes but some that will go a long way toward shaping this Big Ten race.
Iowa jumped six spots in the latest AP Poll, from No. 20 to No. 14, following its upset win Sunday at then-No. 3 Ohio State. The victory marked Iowa’s first over a top 5 opponent since 2001, and it kept it right in the thick of the Big Ten title race. Meanwhile, Wisconsin and Michigan State both moved up a spot, to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, as a result of Ohio State’s two-loss week. The Buckeyes dropped to No. 11.
Well, if you had any doubt if Iowa was legit, yesterday’s win at No. 3 Ohio State should quell that notion. This was the signature victory for the Hawkeyes under Fran McCaffery, who was coming off a one-game suspension for his double-technical/ejection last Sunday at Wisconsin. What a way to announce your return.