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Yes, recruiting rankings matter in team success and, yes, Iowa is an outlier in that trend.

Iowa bucks recruiting results trend; meet Nico Ragaini, the stealth commit

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Do recruiting rankings matter?

Rob Howe of took a look at the often debated question of if recruiting rankings matter. The answer is yes, when it comes to making the playoffs or winning a national title, but there are programs which consistently overachieve and Howe’s analysis indicates Iowa is one of them.

Definition of under the radar

Iowa pulled a stealth, and surprising move, landing a commitment from Connecticut wide receiver Nico Ragani. Rob Howe, of, broke the news and fills in the details of how Ragani, a name most Iowa fans didn’t know on Monday, is set to become an early enrollee.

Pig roast

The college football season wrapped up Monday night, but it’s never too early to look ahead to the upcoming season. With that in mind: Why is the Iowa-Minnesota football game this fall going to be special? In case the Floyd of Rosedale isn’t a good enough answer, Land of 10 explains why this special anniversary game of the rivalry is so important.

NFL draft crystal ball time

Which team will cornerback Josh Jackson go to in the NFL draft? What about linebacker James Daniels? Or LB Josey Jewell? Land of 10 takes a crack at predicting where the former Hawkeyes will end up.

Send out the search party

Iowa men’s basketball is 0-5 in Big Ten play. The key to the Hawkeyes picking up their first win may not be a popular answer. It revolves around the offense finding its mojo and Iowa relying on what it does best to knock off a conference foe.

Paste the award on the fridge

The Football Writers Association of American named Iowa tackle Alaric Jackson to its Freshman All-American team on Monday. Six Big Ten players received the honor.

Technically, no problems here

Men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery was ejected after a double technical at Maryland on Sunday. Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register asked the Hawkeyes what they thought of it. Turns out, they like him having their back. Also, it’s a concern that a Big Ten rule, as Leistikow explains, kept a pool reporter from asking the refs why McCaffery received the second technical. They should be more than willing to explain what happened if they made the call.

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