Iowa vs Alabama in 2011 BCS Title Game

Yes, that’s not a typo…well, it’s a prediction by a Fox Sports Columnist, which you can read here

From the item:  “Best Case 2010 Scenario: Clutch quarterback Ricky Stanzi emerges as a Heisman contender in his senior season, guiding the Hawkeyes offense to a flawless season with wins in Iowa City over Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Ohio State. After holding court in those four home games, the Hawkeyes earn the respect of the voters and qualify for their first BCS title game.”

They rank Iowa #4 in their pre-pre-preseason poll, behind Oregon (3), Ohio State (2) and Alabama (1).

Oregon returns 20 of 22 starters, Ohio State 16 and Iowa 14.  The Hawks return all four up front on the defensive line and four of their back seven.  Replacing Pat Angerer and A.J. Edds at linebacker will be tough to do, but Iowa is probably as deep at the linebacker position as they have been during the Ferentz era, and you might be able to say the same after next season, too.

The offensive line is the concern, as we have already talked about to some degree….but Iowa is going to go into next season with a target on it’s back and likely picked by the Big Ten media to finish 2nd behind Ohio State.  The Buckeyes trip to Kinnick could shape up to be one of the biggest games in Kinnick Stadium history.  IF…IF…and this is a huge IF….IF Iowa and Ohio State are undefeated going into that game, based on how I see next year’s schedule playing out for the other Top 6 contenders, you are looking at two 11-0 teams likely ranked #1 vs #2 or #1 vs #3.  IF that happened (and I am not ready to say I think it will), are we looking at THE biggest game in Iowa history?

I think so.  The 1985 #1 Iowa vs #2 Michigan game was played in the latter third of the month of October.  There have been some big Iowa vs Notre Dame games in Kinnick in the past, but we are talking a long time ago, a time when most of the current Kinnick goers were not alive.

Wouldn’t that be something?  Sure, it would.  But it’s hard for me to mentally buy into Iowa getting to 11-0 next year, one year after a school best 9-0 start.  As the best case scenario from the article suggests, Rick Stanzi would need to be playing at a level that would garner some Heisman attention.  The defense should be Hesimanesque next year, but the offense?  We just don’t know.

Oh by the way…in 2005, the Los Angeles Times picked Iowa to win the national title…the Hawks went 7-5 that year.  They also had four first time starters on the defensive line (two freshmen in Mitch King and Matt Kroul and two soph’s in Bryan Mattison and Ken Iwebema) in front of Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge.  Give me an experienced DL with fresh faced LB’s over the opposite any day of the week…

  • Aront

    I love it.. I’ve been having this frame of mind for a couple months now.. the potential is there.. but I’d say I’m just gonna stay cautiously optimistic.. On paper though.. I agree.. I just hope the hype doesn’t get to ‘em like it did the couple years they lost to Iowa State early after being ranked so high……

  • HawkeyeNTexas

    Although I like his thinking, this Peter Schrager is a tool.

  • Hawks1968

    Ok, here is what I do not understand. You make you “pre-pre-season” Top 25 guessing who will be at the top of the list at the end of the year right? So if he has Alabama #1, OSU #2, Oregon #3 and Iowa #4 then why would he have Alabama-Iowa in the title game? If he thought AL-IA would be the title game then shouldn’t Iowa be ranked #2 in his poll? My way of thinking leads me to believe he has OSU ranked #2 because he believes they are a better team than Iowa (#4) and therefore would beat Iowa. If so, then his title game should be AL-OSU.

  • http://www.kaldenbergconsulting.com briankaldenberg

    If we had Shonn Greene this year I think we would have played and beaten Alabama in the title game.

  • Teddyhawk

    I don’t think IA will have the horses to compete with Alabama, they are loaded. On the national scene, I am excited to see how the buckeyes look, I know they will return about great skill players, their defense is always fast and physical(rose bowl) and they will be solid. Speaking of the Rose Bowl, I know a lot can change in a year, however I don’t see Oregon banging with Iowa for four quarters, then or now. The talent from the Big 12 south will produce a top 5 team, as will the Florida Gators, plus plenty of other deep SEC teams. The hawks are definately in the talk of national powers, but I’m not sure about the title.

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  • MatHawkFan

    Undefeated or no, it’s still a good matchup to look forward to. When is the last time the Orange Bowl Champion and Rose Bowl Champion have locked up in the regular season? Now if both teams were unbeaten, what a scene that would be…

  • tm3308

    I don’t know for sure if we could beat ‘Bama or not next year. I really do think that we could have this year, however. We could have put Spievey on Julio Jones, and with the front seven we had this year, we could have greatly slowed down the Tide’s rushing attack (I don’t care if was the Iron Bowl or not, but if Auburn’s weak, undisciplined defense can hold Ingram to 30 yards, then so could we).

    I sincerely hope that both we and OSU are undefeated when we play next November. As a current student at Iowa, a win would put me in the stadium for two of the biggest victories in Hawkeye history (last year’s PSU game being the other).

  • RLeahey14

    I love how the worst case scenario for us is only 3 losses.

  • madsam0297

    We won too many games by a very thin margin last year. I’m a big fan but don’t have blind faith. After week three it will be a tough task each week. Purdue, Indian, NW, MS, any of these team could bit us in the arse.

  • ddare132

    Next year will be a different team as far as schemes go.. 1. You have a very solid rushing game with Jewell coming back, so that will open Stanzi the Manzi open for play action, with the best WR duo in the Big Ten if not the nation. I’m not concerned about the LB’s or CB… We have plenty of depth at both, as long as we stay health… OL is stated to be a concern…… This is Corn Country, We shit All American O-Lineman… I’m not concerend one bit…. Let’s talk more about this Big Ten Opening Week.

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