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    Iowa Strategy/Playcalling

    What do you guys expect to see? We made a lot of hay with WR screens but I assume Iowa will scheme to try and take that away, especially considering our problem with blitzes.

    I think based on Iowa's interior run defense problems from last game we might see more QB draws/pistol formations.

    I'd like to see us jam their receivers at the line and put 8 men in the box until they have any success over the top, I don't think they have the athletes at WR to hurt us and their big TE has yet to produce at a high level.

    Tough game to forecast, I think Iowa will improve and figure some stuff out in the next week and I think we were totally vanilla on offense.




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    Re: Iowa Strategy/Playcalling

    If Iowa plays their typical 4-3 they're going to have to decide whether they want to slow down the interior running or the WR screen. If the LB's don't come out to cover the WR's we Shoed that we can exploit those matchups on the edge.

    I am worried about the defense. Iowa has always been able to run the ball well. Can our D-line handle the pulling blocks? At times we will need our corners to play on an island to stop the run. Can they avoid giving up big plays?



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    Re: Iowa Strategy/Playcalling

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    What do you guys expect to see? We made a lot of hay with WR screens but I assume Iowa will scheme to try and take that away, especially considering our problem with blitzes.

    I think based on Iowa's interior run defense problems from last game we might see more QB draws/pistol formations.

    I'd like to see us jam their receivers at the line and put 8 men in the box until they have any success over the top, I don't think they have the athletes at WR to hurt us and their big TE has yet to produce at a high level.

    Tough game to forecast, I think Iowa will improve and figure some stuff out in the next week and I think we were totally vanilla on offense.
    Preface by saying i haven't got a chance to watch the Iowa game yet. From everything i read their run d struggled. I'd agree that we can hopefully pound the ball more with 3, maybe 4 running backs. Hopefully Woody is healthy, CPR said it was foot muscles, but as strong as our O line is and as short as Iowas D line is, i would love to see a slow grind from the O. Since we had so many bubble screens, it would be nice to see some PA over the top routes as well.

    It also sounds like JVB was throwing alot of 2-4 yard routes, so saying to hit the WR at a few yards off the line makes sense, but opens us up to being vulnerable for the big plays. I trust our secondary to keep Bullock in check.

    Last key, KVK keep pinning them in the 20! What an awesome job by him yesterday.



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    Re: Iowa Strategy/Playcalling

    I expect a very vanilla... low risk type offense vs Iowa. I can see wanting to limit the possibility of turnover as much as possible.



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    Re: Iowa Strategy/Playcalling

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonpediaJoe View Post
    Last key, KVK keep pinning them in the 20! What an awesome job by him yesterday.
    Iowa had great field position all day yesterday. Honestly Kirby could play a big role next week.




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    Re: Iowa Strategy/Playcalling

    I think we'll be able to put up a lot of rushing yards on Iowa. That will lead to success in the pass game once they have to put 7 or more in the box on every down. I think they will struggle to control Jantz's mobility. i don't see the bubble screens working as well against Iowa as they did vs tulsa because Iowa has better corners/secondary.

    as long as we can control the ball and avoid making major mistakes, I think we will have a lot of success offensively.

    As far as the defensive side of the ball. If we can pressure JVB, iowa isn't going to do much. He cannot handle pressure at al and makes poor choices when he feels it. bullock will not put up yards on the ground like he did yesterday. If they're going to beat us, it will be on the arm of JVB. I don't see that happening.



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    Re: Iowa Strategy/Playcalling

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    What do you guys expect to see? We made a lot of hay with WR screens but I assume Iowa will scheme to try and take that away, especially considering our problem with blitzes.

    I think based on Iowa's interior run defense problems from last game we might see more QB draws/pistol formations.
    I really hope Woody is full go next week.

    I think we will need to open it up a lot more than we saw against Tulsa. Need to add more vertical routes and deception into our offense



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    Re: Iowa Strategy/Playcalling

    I think that Mess ran more screen game than usual to make iowa think twice about stacking the box (not to mention, it was working). I have a feeling that iowa will stack the box anyway and make ISU beat them with the pass, but those WR screens are going to be open all day. Be patient and ISU will score.



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    Re: Iowa Strategy/Playcalling

    Our kicker did a nice job yesterday. This week. Every kickoff needs to find the back of the endzone. AND we may need clutch fg kicking in a hostile place. Their LBs will be exposed in the passing game and that may be the difference. Wally will play a big role as well.



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    Re: Iowa Strategy/Playcalling

    Tulsa had a center screen that ran for about 18 yards. Iowa is deadly on these types of plays.



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    Re: Iowa Strategy/Playcalling

    We need to sure up our kickoff coverage this week. Can't let Iowa have the home field momentum of a kick return TD. We all know what it did to us 2 years ago in a lackluster performance against Kansas to have Lenz run a punt in for 6. They are real backbreakers if your D is playing well. And I think our defense will play well. We're VERY athletic in the back 7, especially OLB's and Safeties



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    Re: Iowa Strategy/Playcalling

    Quote Originally Posted by hoosman View Post
    Tulsa had a center screen that ran for about 18 yards. Iowa is deadly on these types of plays.
    Screens take experienced OL's. I really don't think we are there yet. I hope I'm wrong, but I have a feeling your LBs will be having a field day.


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    Re: Iowa Strategy/Playcalling

    Quote Originally Posted by Frak View Post
    I think that Mess ran more screen game than usual to make iowa think twice about stacking the box (not to mention, it was working). I have a feeling that iowa will stack the box anyway and make ISU beat them with the pass, but those WR screens are going to be open all day. Be patient and ISU will score.
    Do you really think we did anything yesterday thinking ahead to Iowa?



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    Re: Iowa Strategy/Playcalling

    I think we'll run right up the gut on them, and I'm not sure they'll be able to stop us. I'm also not sure they have anyone to put pressure on Steele. On the other hand, ghey do have good corners--another reason I think we run the ball right down their throat.

    Not worried about their wideouts. Key on Bullock, and they aren't going much of anywhere--doesn't look like Garmon is ready yet. His speed would get my attention.




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    Re: Iowa Strategy/Playcalling

    Seems like Iowa eats up the short passes pretty well with sure tackling and getting off blocks.



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