MURPHY’S LAW: Hawks Boiled, Cyclones Hooked

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By Chris Hassel

What a miserable Saturday of football for Iowa and Iowa State fans. The Hawks lose to lowly Purdue, and ISU gets drubbed by Texas. It’s starting to look like neither team will make a bowl game. 

Iowa’s 27-24 loss to Purdue proves that the Hawks are one of the worst teams in one of the worst conferences in the nation. Purdue was 0-5 in the Big Ten, and the Boilers came into Iowa City and handed the Hawks their fourth home loss of the season. That number will likely rise to five when the Huskers come to down on Black Friday.

And how about that play call on 4th down with 20 seconds to play? Everyone knows that no one is better at throwing the 1-yard out than James Vandenberg — problem is, it wasn’t 4th-and-1, it was 4th-and-3. 

This is the worst Iowa team I’ve seen since 1999, and the second worst Iowa team I’ve seen in my lifetime. Keep in mind, Iowa is threatening to finish the season 4-8, with a six-game losing-streak.  

Iowa State is running out of opportunities to get that sixth victory. ISU got walloped at Texas, 33-7. The Longhorns racked up over 600 yards of offense. ISU has given up 1,202 yards since Jake Knott went under the knife. But they also gave up a total of 1,166 yards in the two games prior to Knott’s surgery. The ISU defense is not playing well. 

You would think the Cyclones should have no problem with Kansas, next Saturday, but the Jayhawks are playing well. Despite an 0-7 Big 12 record, KU took #22 Texas Tech to overtime this week. A couple of weeks ago, the Jayhawks only lost to Texas by 4. And two weeks before that, Oklahoma State barely escaped Lawrence with a 6 point victory. Kansas is winless in conference, but I guarantee the Jayhawks believe they are going to earn their first Big 12 win against the struggling Cyclones next week. 


The Chiz is another game closer to coaching his last at Auburn. Chizik’s Tigers are now 0-7 in the SEC after a 38-0 home defeat to Georgia. Auburn has been outscored 183-61 in its last 5 SEC games. 

Despite a 1-6 start, Northern Iowa now has as many wins as the Hawkeyes. UNI is 3-1 over its last four games. The playoffs are out, but the Panthers keep clawing.