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Game Preview: No. 9 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. No. 24 Arizona Wildcats

Posted By Debbie Baratz On Sep 16 2010 @ 7:40 pm In Iowa | 2 Comments

While Arizona Wildcat fans may think their “Redout” will stop the the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday night, they will be mistaken as colors are among many things don’t deter the Hawkeyes. It’s only of many things that encourages them to win.

 What may stop an Iowa win is a tough Arizona Wildcat team, their defense and a good QB. This will be the first true test of what this Iowa team is really made of this season.

Let’s take a look at Saturday’s game.

Both teams will take the field at 2-0 with huge wins under their belts. Iowa, ranked No. 9 in the AP poll faces a No. 24 ranked Arizona who is looking for revenge after a 27-17 win by the Hawkeyes in 2009 at Kinnick.  In a 12-game series between the two teams, it’s a 6-6 tie. What many think will tip the series in Arizona’s favor can be disputed right away. 

The Arizona heat

Yes, Saturday’s weather is forecasted with a high of 103 and sunny in Tucson; fall is already beginning to blanket the midwest with cool temps and gray skies. Coach Kirk Ferentz and senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi don’t belive that is a factor. Why? It’s a little too soon to forget the hot August training camp weather this year.

Ferentz was quoted on Wednesday in www.gazetteonline.com [1] as saying, ” We had a tough camp here, as you know back in August. And I don’t really see (weather) being a factor in the game.”

Playing a night game

 That’s not a problem; the Hawkeyes went 4-0 last season, beating Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and Georgia Tech under the bright lights.

The 2004 Arizona State  game

Yup, that was a train wreck. It’s a loss the Hawkeye Nation would like to forget. Yup, a 44 - 7 loss under the lights, a two-hour time difference, and balmy weather. Let’s just put that memory behind us and focus on a different Arizona game with our positives. This is not your 2004 Iowa team, ladies and gentlemen, it’s the 2010 team.

Let’s look at the scales tipping in Iowa’s favor.

Iowa is ninth in total defense.

Adam Robinson. He had a career best last week with 156 yards (14 rushes and one touchdown). His fellow running back Jewel Hampton is back and rushed for 20 yards with a two-yard scoring run in the second period.

Receivers. Senior TE Allen Reisner leads the Hawkeyes with seven receptions, 105 yards and one touchdown so far this season.  Iowa also has senior Derrell Johnson-Koulianos. Last week he had five receptions for 65 yards. His career total is 133 catches for 1,940 yards.

Adrian Clayborn. Enough said.

Ricky Stanzi has played well in his last three games (I am counting the Orange Bowl), kept his interceptions down and is ready to lead this team to a great season. The senior QB ranks ninth in single-season touchdown passes and sixth in career scoring passes. He has 20 wins among starting Iowa quarterbacks and ties for seventh best among active FBS quarterbacks. His quarterback rating after two games is 183.59. Not too shabby.

I think it’s going to be a tough game with a tough crowd but the Hawkeyes will prevail. I’m more worried about sitting in the Arizona section wearing black and playing against Michigan in October!

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