Sunday, October 5, 2008

Iowa: 3-3 (0-2) after 13-16 loss in East Lansing

The Iowa Hawkeyes have lost three straight, by an average 3 points, after a 1 point loss at Pitt, 5 point loss vs. Northwestern, and now, a 3 point loss at Michigan State. Is Iowa the best 3-3 team in the land, as some Iowa fans would like to suggest?

Turnovers are killing Iowa.

The defense has stopped the run. The offense has helped block for Shonn Greene, who has ran for 100-yards in each of Iowa's six games, so far, this season. But, turnovers and miscues have placed Iowa tied for last in the Big Ten standings, after two weeks of conference play.

Big Ten standings

School Conf. All Games
1. Penn State 2-0 6-0
1. Michigan State 2-0 5-1
1. Ohio State 2-0 5-1
4. Northwestern 1-0 5-0
4. Minnesota 1-1 5-1
4. Illinois 1-1 3-2
4. Michigan 1-1 2-3
8. Purdue 0-1 2-3
9 Wisconsin 0-2 3-2
9. Iowa 0-2 3-3
9. Indiana 0-2 2-3

Saturday's Results

Michigan State 16, Iowa 13
Penn State 20, Purdue 7
Minnesota 16, Indiana 7
Illinois 45, Michigan 20
Ohio State 20, Wisconsin 17
Northwestern was idle.

Next Saturday's Games
Iowa at Indiana, 11 a.m.
Minnesota at Illinois, 11 a.m.
Toledo at Michigan, 11 a.m.
Purdue at Ohio State, 2:30 p.m.
Michigan State at Northwestern, 2:30 p.m.
Penn State at Wisconsin, 7 p.m.

Iowa appears capable of making some noise, before the season is over. But, will they turn the ship soon enough?

The coaching staff has put Iowa in a position to be competitive every game, thus far. But, the Hawkeyes need to find a way to complete games. Further, turnovers and shooting one's foot over the 60 minute games doesn't aid the effort.


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