1. Iowa Football: Dissecting Phil Steele's JVB Snub on Preseason All-Big Ten Team

    Recently, college football guru Phil Steele sent the Hawkeye fanbase into a tailspin with the announcement of his pre-season All-Big Ten team . Steele has become, as The Cedar Rapids Gazette's Mike Hlas pointed out, "the E...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 2 years ago 2,109 reads 5 comments

  2. Big Ten Breakdown 2012: Minnesota Golden Gophers, Part 2, Offense

    Last week, I got my feet wet with Minnesota , looking at the program, what it has done over the last five years and what that might tell us about what the Gophers will do this season...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 2 years ago 1,260 reads 2 comments

  3. Big Ten Breakdown 2012: Northwestern Wildcats, Part 3, Defense

    I began by taking a broad overview of the Northwestern program , what it has done over the last five years and what that might tell us about what the Wildcats will do this season...

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  4. Iowa Football: 5 Things to Expect from Greg Davis's New Up-Tempo Offense

    As 2012 Hawkeye spring practices were nearing an end, new offensive line coach Brian Ferentz tweeted the following: "Big day of practice today...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 2 years ago 4,714 reads 8 comments

  5. Big Ten Breakdown 2012: Indiana Hoosiers, Part 3: Defense

    I began by taking a broad overview of the Indiana program , what it has done over the last five years and what that might tell us about what the Hoosiers will do this season...

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  6. Iowa Hawkeyes Football: 2012 Depth Chart, Part 5: Offensive Line

    The 2012 Hawkeye offensive line will undergo something of a rebuilding process. It will have to replace first-round draft pick Riley Reiff , fifth-round pick Adam Gettis and ...

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  7. Big Ten Breakdown 2012: Minnesota Golden Gophers, Part 1 Overview

    Team Overview Jerry Kill went 3-9 in his first season in Minneapolis, which might seem like a poor start to his tenure with the Gophers, but, when put in perspective, it wasn't all bad...

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  8. Big Ten Breakdown 2012: Northwestern Wildcats, Part 2, Offense

    Last week, I got my feet wet with Northwestern , looking at the program, what it has done over the last five years and what that might tell us about what the Cats will do this season...

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  9. Big Ten Football Breakdown 2012: Indiana Hoosiers, Part 2, Offense

    Last week, I got my feet wet with Indiana , looking at the program, what it has done over the last five years and what that might tell us about what the Hoosiers will do this season...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 2 years ago 968 reads 0 comments

  10. Iowa Hawkeyes Football: 2012 Depth Chart Part 4: Tight Ends

    In 2012, the Hawkeye tight ends had one of their least productive seasons in the Kirk Ferentz era. That is likely to change this season, as junior C.J...

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  11. Big Ten Breakdown 2012: Northwestern Wildcats, Part 1, Overview

    Team Overview Northwestern is the Big Ten's little engine that could. It faces overwhelming odds when put against the conference's other football programs. Firstly, it is the only private institution in the conference...

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  12. Big Ten Breakdown 2012: Indiana Hoosiers, Part 1: Overview

    Team Overview Indiana, the doormat of Big Ten football. It makes no sense. Northwestern should be the doormat of the Big Ten and it was for many years before Gary Barnett, and later Randy Walker, picked it up by its bootstraps...

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  13. Iowa Hawkeyes Football: 2012 Depth Chart Part 3, Wide Receivers

    Barring an injury, the Hawks starting receivers in 2012 will be senior Keenan Davis and third-year sophomore Kevonte Martin-Manley. The depth chart is wide open after the top two...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 2 years ago 2,173 reads 2 comments

  14. Big Ten Football: Power Ranking Conference's Best and Worst by Position Groups

    Over the past eight weeks, I have been fortunate to have 10-12 readers check out my position group power rankings...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 2 years ago 3,631 reads 34 comments

  15. Iowa Hawkeyes Football 2012: Depth Chart Part 2, Running Backs

    If one could encapsulate the fate of Hawkeye tailbacks in a single word that word would be "ugh." I won't rehash the details , but with the ACL tear of prohibitive starter Jordan ...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 2 years ago 3,542 reads 4 comments

  16. College Football: Predicting 5 Upsets for the 2012 Season

    College football is about the upset. Who can forget Appalachian State over Michigan in 2007 or Iowa State's win over Oklahoma State only last year? They are season definers and season ruiners...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 2 years ago 1,829 reads 4 comments

  17. Big Ten Football: Nine Breakout Players for 2012

    Last season, the Big Ten said goodbye to a number of its biggest stars. It's top quarterback graduated ( again ). Every receiver that earned all-conference honors is gone. Nine of the media's all-conference offensive linemen have moved on...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 2 years ago 2,586 reads 3 comments

  18. Iowa Hawkeye Football 2012: Depth Chart Part 1, Quarterback

    Barring some unforeseeable lightning bolt from the sky, or a misdirected curse via the omnipotent AIRBHG , senior James Vandenberg will be Iowa's starting quarterback when the Hawks meet Northern Illinois on Sept...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 2 years ago 4,148 reads 5 comments

  19. Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the Conference Specialists

    Unlike other squads or position groups, it is impossible to give a year-to-year prognostication of collegiate special teams. The players that usually make up a given special-team squad are underclassmen that are getting their feet wet...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 2 years ago 1,903 reads 1 comments

  20. Iowa Hawkeye Football 2012 Spring Game Report Card

    This weekend, Iowa fans got their first look at the 2012 Hawks, and, as head coach Kirk Ferentz said following the practice, his team has "a lot of work to do." That said, I hate report cards and the grades that go on them...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 2 years ago 2,247 reads 1 comments

  21. Iowa Football: Winners and Losers from the Hawkeyes Spring Game

    Iowa has concluded its open spring practice, though it still has three practices left to go before we close the books on spring 2012. Both the offense and defense have a ways to go, if the open practice was any indication...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 2 years ago 3,730 reads 1 comments

  22. Iowa Football Spring Game: Live News, Analysis and Results

    Hello. Welcome to Bleacher Report's live analysis of the Iowa Spring...uhhh...Game. As Hawkeye fans are well aware, Kirk Ferentz doesn't actually have a spring game. Rather, it is more of an open practice...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 2 years ago 1,143 reads 0 comments

  23. College Football 2012 Predictions: 9 Unranked Teams That End Up in the Top 25

    It's difficult to say which unranked teams will end up ranked at the end of the season, given that the preseason rankings haven't come out yet. Of course, it's easy enough to project the 2012 preseason rankings...

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  24. Big Ten Football: Power Ranking the Conference Secondaries

    The Big Ten may be known for its line play, but it has produced some quality defensive backs. Charles Woodson, Bob Sanders, Malcolm Jenkins and Leon Hall were all recent All-Pros that came from Big Ten teams...

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  25. Iowa Football: 10 Reasonable Goals for the 2012 Season

    I'm not going to call road wins at Michigan and Michigan State realistic goals. I'm not going to call for a double-digit win season or the first conference championship since 2004...

    David Fidler Written by David Fidler about over 2 years ago 2,461 reads 7 comments