So, it should be pretty obvious who our T's and P's should go out to tonight. Those poor bastards working in the kitchen at the place Wisconsin chooses to have their pregame meal. I'm not certain which fine establishment gets to feed these hogs but I imagine there will be high demand on the cooks when the food keeps instantly disappearing from the feeding table.
It's not just the offensive line that likes to dine either. One of Wisky's best "skill position" players isn't exactly an Adonis. In fact, Wisconsin has a runningback with cankles. John Clay, seen below, isn't wearing special abdominal pads people. Kid likes to eat.
And finally, let us not forget the head Badger himself. The same guy that wore a windbreaker despite the 96 degree Las Vegas desert heat. Perhaps he thinks it is slimming.
Keep these food industry workers in your thoughts tonight folks. Not just the cooks but the wait staff too.
Wisconsin and Iowa play the same kind of football, and Iowa is better at it than Wisconsin.
Last season the Badgers got off to a hot start pounding the middle of the Hawkeye defense with John Clay and jumped to a 10-0 lead. Clay came up gimpy and Bielema went with some funky slow guy wildcat formation and the momentum swung back to the Hawkeyes.
Iowa never looked back and went on to win 20-10. It could have been 27-10 if Ricky Stanzi wouldn't have proven he was a good listener and ate the ball on a roll out in which he had Reisner wide open in the endzone.
I've had this one circled on my calendar since I started to care again about college football back in June. This is a game that will showcase a boat load of potential NFL talent on both sides on the line. The battle of Wisconsin's Oline versus Iowa's Dline is one any fan should watch.
I worry a bit about Wisconsin's star freshman runningback James White gashing the Hawks. He has that burst that gets to the second level quickly and can also burn you on the cutback. The Hawkeye linebackers again will have their work cut out for them and have the opportunity to rack up a lot of tackles Saturday.
The key to this game will be the quarterback play and I believe Iowa has the advantage. Tolzien is a nice player but Americanzi will again prevail. Be prepared for a slow start but after three ground-and-pound, rough-and-tough quarters I bet Stanzi leads the Hawks to another victory.
Closed my eyes for a minute and three hours passed by. Luckily, our favorite Twitter friend @Bvak had his radio on and caught the first part of Kirk Ferentz's call-in show. Here are some tweets from around Twitter:
RT @bvak: KF: Didn't consider it to be a down year for Michigan. They had 1 loss before Hawkeyes played them.
RT @bvak: KF: OL played a "good game". Tough mental preparation. ARob ran well and tough. OL protected Stanzi.
RT @bvak: KF: Nolan and Adam both considered starters on OL. Adam's injury played role in that.
RT @bvak: KF: Doubtful on Tarp. At least a week away.
RT @bvak: KF: Tempo of game changed when DRob knocked out. Hawkeyes settled in after a bit.
RT @bvak: Dolph: Tolzien has had a very quiet, but nice, career.
RT @bvak: KF: Looked at DRob as RB who can throw.
KF: You can send cards for Norm Parker to the Hayden Fry Football Complex
KF: Good chance early next week Norm may be back
RT @bvak: Dolph's goal is to get DJK on the post-game show before the season ends.
RT @bvak: KF: DJK's choice. Said OK last weekend. DJK declined.
KF: Free Derrell (laughter) I think someone already came up with that, I'm not that original
RT @bvak: Tommy from Des Moines: Keep doing what you're doing. Keep foot to the metal. Bury 'em. (Tommy said he questions KF sometimes)
RT @bvak: KF: Wegher in school. Has not expressed any interest in coming back.
Caller question about Wisconsin's White and CJ Fiedorowicz
KF: Didn't think he could get three rb's to commit last season, first come, first serve. CJ has been working with the 2's in practice and is coming along.
KF: Hopes to get Coker some work
RT @Andy_Hamilton: KF: Coker has gained a lot of ground in the last two weeks.
KF: Everyone is capable of being a leader (not just the starters). Team first guys, year round not just in season.
KF: Thinks the different schemes around the college football landscape is what makes CFB so popular.
Quick hitters: Ferentz said Mike Daniels is fine, Tarp will probably miss Wisconsin and Norm might be back for MSU.
I rewatched the Iowa at Michigan game today and hats off to Brad Rogers for filling in more than adequately at the fullback position. Gonna love having that bowling ball in the backfield for the next three years.
Second, give Micah Hyde some time. He was picked on quite a bit in the second half, mostly in the fourth quarter. He's still just a true soph and made mental mistakes. He doesn't appear to be overmatched physically, just lacking the confidence and awareness. He kinda reminds me of Bradley Fletcher's junior season.
And one final thing. Did you see that Don Shumpert pulled his redshirt against Michigan? That brings the total of true freshmen to see the field this season to nine. You have to wonder if Derby would have seen the field at some point if he would have made the switch early last Spring to linebacker.
And one final final thing. Rob Howe, of Hawkeye Insider, tweeted yesterday that the Hawkeyes and runningback recruit Darrin Miller of Blue Springs, Mo. have decided to part ways. It's a premium article on his scout.com site if you want to find out why.