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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Thursday, Oct. 20.
That ranking can’t be right, can it?
The reaction of a good portion of the Iowa fan base to the news that the Hawkeyes are the best offensive line in the country, according to Pro Football Focus, was amusing.
@BobbyLaGesse The nation's defensive lines must be off the charts, or something, maybe.
— Hawkeye Images (@webcentrick) October 19, 2016
The response is understandable. The Wake-Up Call was surprised by the ranking as well considering the never-ending run of injuries, constant shuffling of the line and the run- and pass-blocking problems from the first half of the season.
But that doesn’t mean PFF is wrong. The football geniuses at PFF knows what they are talking about. The folks there would set the curve on a football IQ test for fans. They study film like coaching staffs do. They know what they are talking about.
So does this mean the concern over the line was overblown? Probably. That’s different than saying there wasn’t an issue.
The North Dakota State and Northwestern games showed as much. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and the offensive line said as much in the last few weeks.
The offensive line changes likely played a part in the grade. A 365-yard rushing day against Purdue isn’t going to hurt your marks.
The biggest takeaway from this news may be looking forward. The Iowa offensive line appeared to turn a corner in recent weeks. This grade proves it — and then some if we’re being honest. The offensive line could very well be the strength of the offense in the back-half of the season, assuming everyone gets healthy.
Is that ranking really right?
CBSSports ranked every college basketball team in the country 1 to 351. Iowa came in No. 85.
Is that great?
Look, Iowa isn’t going to get a lot of respect in the preseason. The Hawkeyes lost four starters, including star Jarrod Uthoff. Guard Peter Jok is the only returning starter.
The Hawkeyes are going to have to go out and earn respect this season. That’s the way it tends to be for teams that deal with the mass exodus of starters Iowa did and doesn’t fortify its roster with a Kentucky-like recruiting class.
The good thing? Preseason rankings mean absolutely nothing.
Kinnick Stadium shrinkage
Iowa athletic director Gary Barta presented the Kinnick Stadium renovation project before the Iowa Board of Regents on Wednesday. It looks like Kinnick will hold fewer fans going forward.
At Board of Regents meeting, Barta says capacity of Kinnick will decrease about 1,500 seats (to 69,000 or so) after north end zone project
— MarkEmmert (@MarkEmmert) October 19, 2016
Kinnick Stadium capacity is currently 70,585.
The stadium will get smaller, but the revenue made from home football ticket sales is going to increase thanks to the addition of premium seats, which seem to be quite popular.
Other factlets — Score board on the north will be bigger than the south. There's a long wait list for premium seating.
— marcmorehouse (@marcmorehouse) October 19, 2016
Lots of links
- Learn about the first Heartland Trophy Iowa and Wisconsin nearly played for.
- Marc Morehouse of the Cedar Rapids Gazette hands out his midseason awards.
- Rob Howe of Hawkeye Nation looks at the recruits expected to attend the Wisconsin game.
- Wisconsin Wake-Up Call: The Gophers, not Hawkeyes, are Badgers’ biggest rival.