Should FIU knock off its first Big Ten foe in Iowa on Saturday, the Golden Panthers may be asking the question in the title of this post. However, don't see it happening, so the Hawkeyes will be greeting the Golden Panthers at midfield after the game and saying "It's Iowa".
You only need to look in the corn fields of Iowa. No, not for the ghost of Joe Jackson and other dead baseball players. It's in the corn-fed beef.
The Hawkeyes have great size on both the offensive and defensive lines -- thanks to the corn-fed beef, I'm sure these boys eat 4 and 5 times a day. FIU has gotten bigger, but do not have the size of the Hawkeyes, yet. Plus, Iowa's offense plays that tough, physical ball control game -- reminiscent of the old Bill Parcells/New York Giants Super Bowl teams.
Before you pound your keyboard, not saying here that Iowa is the Giants of the late 80's and early 90's, but their offensive style is similar and that could be bad news for FIU, especially if the Golden Panthers O cannot sustain drives and score TDs.
Kansas, with its spread offense last week, didn't really hit FIU in the mouth, because most of the Jayhawks game was predicated on spreading the FIU defense. This week, Iowa is saying "we're going to run the ball right at you until you stop it. Then we'll play-action you."
With RB Shonn Greene, a 235-pound bruiser, it will be a task for FIU to stop the Iowa ground game. Not only that, the Hawkeyes have a couple of 230-pound fullbacks to lead the way for Greene.
As always, FIU cannot turn the ball over and will need to control the ball as much or more than Iowa and put some touchdowns on the board. The Golden Panthers cannot run just 55 plays and have the ball for just 22 minutes like they did last week. If that happens, you might end up turning your DirecTv channel 618 (Thanks, Max) to another channel by the 3rd quarter.
Iowa is not the class of the Big Ten, but FIU is still growing. FIU wins this one and they'll get some ESPN coverage just like the FIU volleyball ladies did on ESPNU.
The thought here is attention from the worldwide leader will have to wait. GPP says: Iowa 34, FIU 13
**Reminder: Deadline for FIU/Iowa scores for the Win A GPP Blog contest is Saturday at 11:59 a.m. GPP time. If you need a refresher on contest rules or what GPP time means then check the post entitled: "Who's Getting On The Bus?"
Mount Mack is plenty big at 6-4, 320, but you good people think he was the biggest missing piece for FIU in the season opening-loss to Kansas. More than 70% of you want to see Cedric in Iowa. Kambriel Willis got more than 22%. Got another question down below.
Miri: I have noticed that FIU hasn't put up the new logo around campus. The old banners from last year are still up. Have you heard anything about when they plan to remove those and put up new ones?
GPP: I put in an e-mail to the FIU people responsible for all that. When I get an answer, I'll have it here for you.
Max: Will you be at the stadium Pete? It would be cool to say hello. What's the ruling on cameras at the open practice. Will it be okay to take pictures?
GPP: Yes, I will. Stop by, say hello and allow me to put some faces to some GPP readers on this blog. It's an open house tour of the stadium and since it's open FIU won't show any plays in practice, so bring your cameras, take tons of pictures of the stadium and feel free to post them on the GPP.
FIUrulez: Pete, I know you don't write the headlines but today's headline for your article was: "Florida International University tight end Moses Hinton granted extra season by NCAA". I thought they are to only be referred to as FIU?
GPP: Yes, you are correct. FIU is FIU. However, not everyone at the Herald has gotten that message and I try to spread the word around the office whenever I do see the 3-word reference to FIU. Maybe the box of FIU media guides (one of those is 2nd prize in the GPP contest), that FIU media relations maven Rich Kelch sent to the MH this week will help the cause.
inspubadj: Any information on the new men's basketball coaches?
GPP: SR filled out his staff with the hiring of Dwight Evans. Not the Dwight Evans of the Boston Red Sox, but rather Dwight Evans from Central Florida. Got a chance to meet DE yesterday in the FIU football office and learned his specialty is coaching the big men and is known for recruiting in Florida. DE has coached 20 years and has been at Missouri, South Alabama and UCF.
FIUFan: Can you please tell me why the FIU Volleyball win over ACC Champion and #19 Clemson (to win the Big Orange Bash) is buried in the Local Round-up beneath a Barry Women's victory over UMass-Lowell?
GPP: You can blame me if you'd like, since I should have made sure (by calling downtown) that the win over No. 19 Clemson got proper play in the paper. Until FIU starts winning on a consistent basis, the people in the MH are not going to take notice and give FIU its proper due. As the FIU beat writer, I should have called and suggested they give the FIU ladies a headline, at least. Sorry to the FIU ladies and the Golden Panthers fans.
**Someone down in Willemstad (the capital), Netherlands Antilles is a fan of Kambriel Willis, because in our last blog that person voted No. 55 as the player FIU missed most in the season opener.
Let's crank up the GPP Worldwide Readership scorecard: The GPP is read in 32 STATES: ALA, ARI, CA, COL, FLA, GA, IDAHO, IL, IND, IOWA, KAN, KY, LA, MASS, MD, MICH, MIN, MO, NEB, NC, NJ, NY, OH, ORE, PA, RI, SC, TEN, TEX, VA, VER, WIS.
13 COUNTRIES: Australia, Brazil, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, U.S.A.
1 DISTRICT: Washington, D.C. and 1 TERRITORY: Puerto Rico.
**Checking out most of your predictions and my own, not too many think FIU beats Iowa on Saturday. So if the Golden Panthers were to spring the upset, what has to happen: