Saturday, April 16, 2011

Spring Football: Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska close out Spring in front of fans

Fans will have an opportunity to view Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska on Saturday, as Spring Football winds down for all three programs. On the Big Ten Network, the Michigan spring game is being televised, as new coach Brady Hoke takes the field with the Maize and Blue again!

Spring Fever for Iowa witnessed a little morning snow - The Gazette

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Kirk Ferentz said it earlier this week. Spring football is kind of a peaceful deal. No game preparation. No late-week TV production meeting with the guy who questioned your game management the previous week. No hours of video prep and what not...

The real excitement in the Big Ten in 2011 will be division play and the addition of a 12Th program, with the University of Nebraska joining the conference. The Iowa-Nebraska game will debut on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, in Lincoln in 2011.

Iowa State University will see a different landscape, as the Cyclones face ten bowl teams from last year with the 2011 schedule, not counting games with traditional Big 12 power Texas and FCS power Northern Iowa. It will be Year 3 for the Paul Rhoads era in Ames. The Cyclones will have new players leading the way at the skill positions and will face a nine game conference schedule, with Colorado exiting to the new Pac 12 and Nebraska joining the Big Ten.

The Iowa controlled scrimmage will begin at Noon at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes will likely be an under-radar team heading into the 2011 season. Does that make the Hawkeyes a dangerous team in 2011? We shall see, but as Iowa heads into the 13Th season, under head coach Kirk Ferentz, look for a strong mix of senior leadership and youth to be the key to the 2011 season.


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