Iowa Basketball mirroring football team, building #1 seed resume

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Iowa basketball is following the lead of Iowa football this season: winning big, surpassing expectations, and doing it all very much under the radar. Both the football and basketball Hawkeyes have shocked prognosticators everywhere by winning with a certain unexpected Gestalt.

America has slept/is sleeping on both teams too. Nationally, word association with Iowa in 2015-16 has been “caucus” more than “college athletics.” This despite the Iowa caucus actually being much ado about nothing. (Hey, the votes don’t actually count for anything at all, people. The caucus is just media generated drivel)

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Rose Bowl Preview: #5 Iowa football vs #6 Stanford Cardinal

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For both this Iowa football team and the Stanford Cardinal, oh what might have been this year. Had the Hawkeyes closed the deal against the Spartans in Indianapolis…Had Stanford scheduled a nobody instead of visiting Northwestern in the opener….Well, what’s done is done.

No playoff for the once 12-0 Hawkeyes, or the Cardinal, Pac-12 in general. You can’t argue with a better consolation prize than this- the Grand Daddy of them all.

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#4 Iowa Football vs #5 Michigan St: “Elite 8” Game Preview

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The Big Ten title game this year is a literally a play-in to the college football playoff. Winner is in the top four and headed to the sport’s “champions league.” Since it’s a Final Four in the #CFBPlayoff, this game is a de facto “Elite 8” match-up. So instead of “March Madness” we have “December Delirium.” It’s also a chance for Iowa football to prove all the naysayers wrong.

Anyone who says “Iowa football is the worst 12-0 team ever” will either eat crow or receive validation very late Saturday night.

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Iowa Hawkeyes “most overrated” team in CFB Playoff says Pollack

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With the first college football playoff rankings of 2015 released tonight, it’s even more grist for the Iowa Hawkeyes are overrated” mill. If you want to rage against the Iowa Hawkeyes are #9 machine, then you’ve got plenty of supporters for this argument.

If you haven’t seen the “tell your kids about an undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes football team” PSA parody, then go here to this link. As soon as you’re done reading this. Seriously, it’s HILARIOUS.

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Undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes parodied hilariously in PSA video

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The Iowa Hawkeyes are quite possibly the quietest and most overlooked undefeated power conference college football team ever. There’s good reason for that as most experts picked them to finish fourth or fifth in an uninspiring Big Ten West division this preseason. Although the Iowa Hawkeyes can’t officially clinch a berth in the Big Ten title game for a few weeks yet, their blowout over Northwestern gave them the inside track toward reaching Indianapolis.

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Iowa Hawkeyes destroy NU; earn inside track to B1G Title game

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For all intents and purposes, we can now say congratulations to the Iowa Hawkeyes on claiming the Big Ten West Division today. Although the Iowa football team can’t officially clinch a berth in the Big Ten title game for a few weeks yet, today’s blowout over Northwestern gave them the inside track toward reaching Indianapolis.

The Iowa Hawkeyes will not likely again be underdogs or even a “pick’em” (as they were today) again this regular season. By absolutely obliterating the #20 Northwestern Wildcats 40-10 today, the division is now Iowa’s to lose.

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#17 Iowa Football game preview: week 7 at #20 Northwestern

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Iowa football is 6-0 for the first time since 2009. That season they started 9-0, and what team was the first to knock them off? That’s right- Northwestern, this week’s opponent. That game marked the first meaningful action that we ever really saw of former Wildcats QB Dan Persa, as the NU QB1 at the time Mike Kafka was knocked out with an injury.

Persa would go on to be a very elite quarterback himself until injuring his achilles in 2010 at home versus….yes, Iowa.

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#22 Iowa Football vs Illinois game preview, prediction

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The Illinois Fighting Illini (4-1, 1-0) will look for their fourth-straight B1G win this Saturday, when they travel to Iowa City to face a 22nd ranked Iowa football (5-0, 1-0) team that is right up there with Northwestern as everybody’s sexy pick to win the Big Ten West. The two preseason division favorites, Nebraska and Wisconsin, are very vulnerable right now.

So if this Iowa Football team doesn’t get caught looking too far ahead to their trip to Northwestern next week, we could have a quasi-Big Ten West championship game in Ryan Field on October 17th.

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Iowa Football: Never Too Early Season Preview

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The Big Ten West is so weak that there’s really no excuse for Iowa football to start making some appearances in the Big Ten Championship every couple years; at least. At least the division is weak when compared to the Big Ten East. Wisconsin and Nebraska are really Iowa’s only road blocks to Indy. You can believe in the Gophers, but I’m still skeptical.

Speaking of skepticism, lately Iowa football seems to excel when no one expects much of it. So hey, “the Hawkeyes are going to suck this year!” Meaning they actually won’t. Sure, there are all kinds of question marks with this Hawkeyes team, but there’s also plenty of reasons to be very hopeful. They could easily win eight games.

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2015 College Basketball transfers list (6-5-15)

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College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2015-16 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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Top Four Iowa State Head Coaching Candidates

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Who’s going to replace Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State? The Mayor leaves behind really big shoes to fill. Here with me to inform you on who will step up and fill those shoes is KCCI-TV (CBS Des Moines) Sports Director Andy Garman.

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Campaign to keep Fred Hoiberg at Iowa St. raises only $20

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Is Fred Hoiberg leaving Iowa State to become the next Chicago Bulls Head Coach? Does a bear defecate the woods?

The Bulls desire to dismiss Tom Thibodeau was the worst kept secret of the 2014-15 NBA season. The rift between Thibs and the front office was been common knowledge for years. The Bulls “coaching search” is done. It’s one name long, and we’ve all known it since February.

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