Sunday, July 24, 2011

Iowa is a "wholesome" and "no-nonsense" program like Nebraska

Nebraska will likely be favored as the team to beat in the first Legends division race of the Big Ten in 2011. Gerry DiNardo of the Big Ten Network labels Nebraska as potentially the team to beat, while calling Iowa a "wholesome" and "no-nonsense" program like Nebraska.

The Big Ten Conference will hold its Media Day in Chicago on July 28Th and 29Th, including the 40Th Annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon. The SEC held its Media Day this past week to kickoff the beginning activities leading up to the 2011 College Football season. The Big 12, without Colorado and Nebraska, will kickoff on Monday and Tuesday.

Thirty-six student athletes will join head coaches in Chicago for Media Day. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, entering his 13Th season as head coach of the Hawkeyes, is bringing DT Mike Daniels, WR Marvin McNutt, Jr. and LB Tyler Nielsen. All three players are seniors for the 2011 Hawkeye football team.

The 2011 season will kickoff for the Big Ten on Thursday, September 1St in Madison.

  • UNLV at Wisconsin
    7:00 p.m.
    ESPN (HD)

Wisconsin is the reigning co-champion of the Big Ten and represented the Big Ten in the 2011 Rose Bowl, losing 19-21 to TCU. Excitement in Madison is high with transferring QB Russell Wilson, from North Carolina State, competing for the open QB position in 2011. Wisconsin could be the team to beat in the Leaders division in 2011? DiNardo like the Badgers and "window" of opportunity.

The Hawkeyes finished 8-5 in 2010 and haven't won a share of the Big Ten, since 2004. Will the young Hawkeyes make noise in 2011? Iowa will start 2011 with a new QB, as junior James Vandenberg takes over the reigns, with Ricky Stanzi, Iowa's first 3-0 bowl winner as a starting QB, moves on to the NFL.


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