Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fitting of a 100 year anniversary: 2012 is a Cyclone State in Iowa, as Notre Dame returns to #1 in College Football

The last time the Iowa State Cyclones won a conference title was in 1912, while they were members of the Missouri Valley.  The the Federal Income Tax act was ratified in 1913 and the Cyclones have not won a title in football ever since.

What does that say about the State of our Great Society... oops, do we have the wrong blog here?

Back to football in 2012 ...

In Week 2 of the 2012 season, the Cyclones came into Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City and came away with a 9-6 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes.  The Iowa Hawkeyes never found any mojo in '12, but  in Week 12, the Cyclones captured win number six, with a 51-23 road win in Lawrence over the Kansas.

Coach Paul Rhoads and the Cyclones are bowl eligible, which is solid tribute to the Cyclones 100th year anniversary of their last conference title in football.  The Cyclones will take a two game winning streak into 2013 in the Cy-Hawk Series and will be enjoying a road trip during 2012-13 bowl season.

Not since 1923, have the Iowa State Cyclones scored 50+ points and came away with a road win.  Iowa State gave up 63 points to Iowa in Ames in 1997.  But, those days are long over in the Iowa-Iowa State Cy-Hawk series.  The trivia question of who was the opponent in 1923?  The answer was Washington U. of St. Louis.

Iowa Football has hit bottom in '12, with a 4-7 record for the first time, since 1980, when the Hawkeyes finished the season, in J. Hayden Fry's second season.  Ironically, with a win over Nebraska on Black Friday  in Kinnick Stadium, the Hawkeyes could finish 5-7 in Kirk Ferentz's 14th season at Iowa.  The irony, Coach  Fry finished 5-7 at Iowa, in his 14th season in 1992.

As the nation heads closer and closer into the Fiscal Cliff, the Iowa Hawkeyes have hit a brick wall this season.  At times, all phases have come up short for the Hawkeyes.  Some Hawkeye fans may consider Iowa on some sort of cliff of its own?  We shall see...

At the end of the day, the Iowa defense was weak and was unable to stop Michigan in the Big House, ending Iowa's historical high, a three game winning streak over the Wolverines.  Michigan man handled the Hawkeyes 42-17, as junior quarterback Devin Gardner contributed in all six Wolverine touchdowns over Iowa.

No. 23 Michigan Downs Hawkeyes in Ann Arbor

The Iowa offense did establish three scoring drives at Michigan.  Iowa went three and out on their opening drive.  Michigan scored first, but the Hawkeyes bounced back on offense, with a touchdown drive of their own to make it 7-7 to end the first quarter at Michigan.  Michigan rolled down the field to take a 14-7 lead, as Iowa couldn't get the Wolverines offense off the field in the first half.  Iowa's offense could only respond with a field goal on the next drive to make it 14-10.  Michigan rolled the rest of the second quarter to take a 28-10 halftime lead.  The second half was much of the same, though Iowa put up a late touchdown and did successfully execute an onside kick.

Iowa at Michigan Postgame Notes - Story  Iowa Coach Ferentz and Player Quotes - Link

The Iowa Hawkeyes have seen attrition and injuries stack up over the past three seasons.  In 2009, the Hawkeyes finished 11-2, with a BCS win in the Orange Bowl over Georgia Tech.  The 2010 season, the Hawkeyes finished 8-5, with an Insight Bowl win over Missouri.  Last year, the Hawkeyes finished 7-6 with a bowl loss to Oklahoma.  This year, the Hawkeyes will be home for the Holidays, for the first time, since 2007.

It's been 25 years!  We returned to Iowa in 1988.  Well, it has been 25 years, since Notre Dame finished undefeated in College Football.  Look who is #1 in College Football today?  Welcome back to the Fighting Irish!

Notre Dame stands #1 in College Football, after Week 12 at 11-0, as Oregon and Kansas State both fall in Week 12.

It's been a long year in 2012.  But, there are some outstanding stories brewing.  Notre Dame could make their first BCS title game?  Of course, they travel to USC in Week 13.  Iowa State is bowl bound.  And, basketball may become relevant again for Iowa basketball fans...


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