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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Thursday, Sept. 15.
Ravens’ Yanda at the top of the class
Things are going so well for the Iowa offense it’s apparently carrying over the NFL. I joke, but the play of former Hawkeye Marshal Yanda is no joke. Pro Football Focus rated the Baltimore Raven guard as the best player NFL fans don’t know.
The most amazing part of the story is Yanda’s consistency. The 10-year veteran never has a bad game. He’s gone 42 straight games without a poor blocking grade from PFF. He’s as consistent as Tiger Woods was entering Sunday in a major with the lead. It’s just Yanda’s been in position to close things out a lot more recently than Tiger.
Stud recruit Scheel ready for more
Iowa wide receiver Jay Scheel made his first career reception against Iowa State. It went for 12 yards. “It felt pretty good to get that first catch,” Scheel said.
It was a routine play. Scheel is hoping more spectacular things are ahead. “It’s good to get your feet wet a little bit, get in a game and a get a catch,” he said. “But that wasn’t the goal of mine to get one catch.”
He wants more. A fan base anxiously waiting for the former highly recruited prospect to make an impact wants more. Schell, after a preseason of injury, said he’s finally healthy. It will be interesting to see what he can do this season.
Happy birthday, Brett Greenwood
Former Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer took to Twitter to wish Brett Greenwood birthday wishes on Thursday.
A legends birthday today pic.twitter.com/h7R85LovjI
— Pat Angerer (@PAngererUSA) September 14, 2016
Greenwood is a former walk-on who started three seasons in Iowa City as a defensive back. He collapsed due to a heart arrhythmia while working out in 2011. He survived, but it caused neurological injuries. He was named an honorary captain for the Pittsburgh game in 2015.
Here’s a link to an ESPN video about Greenwood.
It will cost how much?
Single-game tickets for Iowa at Minnesota on Oct. 8 went on sale on Wednesday. Getting in won’t be cheap. The median ticket price is $189 and the lowest ticket price was $96, according to Vivid Seats. The price is one thing.
The fact Minnesota significantly raised prices for this one game is something else. The folks at Vivid Seats compiled the median ticket price for every home Minnesota game this season
College athletics is big business. Some athletic administrators are hesitant to say it sometimes, but that his what college athletics now is. There isn’t much Iowa fans can do it about it. It’s a smart business move for Minnesota to maximize the value of the one game it knows there will be demand for.
Iowa fans will have to decide if seeing the Hawkeyes play the Golden Gophers in person is worth the cost.
Who is the favorite in the Big Ten West?
It’s a question the Big Ten Network asked its analysts about the Big Ten West. Let’s just say Iowa may need to beat a strong foe to change some minds. Here’s the link.