1. Big Ten Football: Which True Freshmen Will Make the Biggest Splash?

    Seneca said that, "Luck is where opportunity meets preperation." Perhaps that is the story of high-impact true freshmen. It's not strictly about talent...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 5,032 reads 0 comments

  2. College Football Party Crashers: Ten Teams Poised to Defy Expectations in 2011

    Last season, 10 teams that started the season in the AP Top 25 didn't finish there. In effect, 10 teams that didn't start on the list found their way there by the end of the season...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 5,792 reads 8 comments

  3. Iowa Hawkeyes Football: Is Iowa Recruiting a New Kind of Running Back?

    In a recent article , I discounted the idea that Iowa's offense is predictable, noting that Wisconsin's offense is even more predictable and one-dimensional than the Hawks, yet they (the Badgers) are very successful...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 3,035 reads 2 comments

  4. College Football: Which Teams Were Hit Hardest By Players Leaving Early for NFL?

    Jan. 15 has come and gone, and 55 players have announced their intentions to forgo their remaining collegiate eligibility, and enter the NFL draft...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 7,851 reads 7 comments

  5. College Football Top 25: A Very Premature Look at The Top 25 Teams For 2011

    2011 looks to be another good year for the SEC. That is hardly a surprise, as the boys from the deep south have won the national championship five years in a row...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 14,369 reads 142 comments

  6. Big Ten Football: Legends and Leaders To Stay Through 2011

    There was a public outcry after the Big Ten's new division-names and the new division logo were released last month. Commissioner Jim Delany had a somewhat surprising, public reaction to said outcry...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 1,258 reads 13 comments

  7. Big Ten Football: A Premature Look at the Big Ten in 2011

    2011 looks to be a bit of a down year in the Big Ten. Actually, it looks to be a down year in that there are not two or three teams that are set up to be heads-and-tails above the rest and in contention for national honors...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 1,757 reads 73 comments

  8. Iowa Hawkeye Football: Top 10 Plays of the Year

    Okay, it wasn't what we had in mind in August. In fact, in my own preview , I envisioned the Hawks at 7-5 in the "worst case scenario." It's funny, but looking back at that Indiana game, it seems that they could have indeed done "worse...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 3,602 reads 7 comments

  9. Iowa Hawkeye Football: What Did the Bowl Game Tell Us About Next Season?

    It was a win that Iowa desperately needed. After all, though Iowa beat Indiana, that game didn't feel like a win. Consequently, it's seemed like the Hawks haven't won a game since October...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 5,083 reads 14 comments

  10. Iowa Hawkeye Football: Ending the Season on a Good Note with Insight Bowl Upset

    I'm not going to try to play Pollyanna and act like this was a great season just because it ended well. I'm not going to say that when Iowa grabbed the lead with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, I wasn't expecting another meltdown...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 2,214 reads 15 comments

  11. Big Ten Football: The 10 Best and Most Exciting Plays of the Season

    2010 is behind us as we head towards bowl season. For some of us , the season didn't go quite as we'd hoped. For others , it was better than most expected, but still a bit disappointing...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 2,105 reads 2 comments

  12. Iowa Hawkeye Football: 10 Key Matchups in the All Black and Gold Insight Bowl

    Usually, the way the bowls are set up, you expect a 7-5 team to meet a team that, at least as far as its record is concerned, is fairly evenly matched...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 1,531 reads 8 comments

  13. BCS Championship Matchups Since 1998: Did The Computers Get Them Right?

    I am not a proponent of a playoff system. The primary reason for that is because I really don't care if there is one undisputed national champion...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 1,511 reads 25 comments

  14. Iowa Football: What Went Wrong and Can Anything Be Done to Fix It? Part 3

    Kirk Ferentz's philosophy can and does work, but it hinges on three things: Firstly, a stout defense that forces turnovers, is all but impenetrable in the red zone and under no circumstances lets up big plays...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 2,071 reads 8 comments

  15. College Football Bowl Schedule: Tis the Season, Power Ranking Every Game

    Yes, the BCS is racked with flaws. Yes, due to league tie-ins, the bowl matchups are often so much less interesting and competitive than they might be...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 21,163 reads 40 comments

  16. Iowa Football: What Went Wrong and Can Anything Be Done to Fix It, Part Two

    As I mentioned in the previous installment of this public catharsis , quite a few things went wrong for Iowa this season. What started as a possible national championship run wound up an ugly and embarrassing 7-5...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 1,177 reads 8 comments

  17. Big Ten Football: Final Strength of Schedule of All the Big Ten Teams

    One of the most controversial elements of the ever-controversial sport known as college football is the strength of schedule argument...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 931 reads 0 comments

  18. Final BCS Poll: Ranking Each Team's Strength Of Schedule

    When I began writing this article I admit I went in with certain preconceived opinions. For example, I—an Iowa Hawkeye fan—assumed that the Big Ten teams strength-of-schedule ...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 898 reads 12 comments

  19. Iowa Football: What Went Wrong and Can Anything Be Done To Fix It? Part One

    After the Iowa-Minnesota debacle on November 27, I've seen any number of fans react in any number of ways. Some have called for Kirk Ferentz and his entire staff to be fired. In fact, as you can see, FireKirkFerentz...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 1,721 reads 27 comments

  20. Iowa Football, Love It or Leave It: Will Kirk Ferentz Make Necessary Changes?

    In a way, I'm almost glad Iowa lost to Minnesota. I'm not glad they fell flat on their faces, but let's be frank: The only way the Hawks were going to lose to the Gophers was if the Hawks didn't show up...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 5,100 reads 30 comments

  21. Iowa Hawkeyes Football: Looking Ahead To 2011

    Okay, so the year hasn't turned out as we'd hoped. For me, it is less a matter of the overall record than the way we got to that overall record. On the other hand, it could be a lot worse...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 1,972 reads 5 comments

  22. Iowa Hawkeyes Lose To Ohio State: Fourth Verse, Same As The First

    The middle of the fourth quarter and the Hawkeyes are up by one score. The offense has the ball. A score will all but win the game. A long, time-consuming drive (even without any points) will put the opposing team's back against the wall...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 856 reads 22 comments

  23. Iowa Football: Will the Real Hawkeyes Please Step Forward?

    Before every Iowa game for much of the season, I have put together a slideshow highlighting some of the more intriguing matchups we were likely to see in the upcoming game. However, at this point, that seems futile...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 960 reads 7 comments

  24. Iowa Hawkeye Football: How Much Does Iowa Miss Angerer and Edds?

    After 10 games, the Hawkeyes have the seventh best scoring defense in the country. They are also the 16th best in total defense and the fourth best rushing defense ...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 1,313 reads 32 comments

  25. Iowa-Northwestern: 10 Key Matchups As the Hawkeyes Try To Exorcise Past Demons

    I want to hate Northwestern. As an Iowa fan, they make it very easy. Pat Fitzgerald and his Wildcats have beaten the Hawkeyes four out of their last five meetings...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 3 years ago 1,045 reads 6 comments