For an article called Iowa Hawkeye Football & the Immovable Object, you’d probably assume that I’m going to make a few Brian Ferentz jokes.
For punishment of my positive comments about Iowa State, I have agreed not to make fun of Brian Ferentz for the next week or two.
Since my schtick has been to calm fanbases after a big loss, the next assumption is that I’m here for my own fanbase. Unfortunately, that’s not the case either.
Also no. There is nothing left to say. While many fans are pointing to this being one road loss to a very good team, that isn’t what the frustration is about.
This is a 6+ year issue and a personnel overhaul hasn’t helped. Hawkeye fans have heard about execution for the better part of a decade now. It’s execution. The thing is that the coaches find the players to fit into their system. The coaches choose to modify or evolve the system. The coaches pick the plays. Not coach. The coaches.
Herein lies the metaphor referenced in the title, the immovable object. It is about where the trend of the program is leading, the peak of the program and what fans can reasonably expect.
Right now, the ceiling isn’t being raised. There is a legitimate argument that because the Ohio States, Michigans and now Penn States of the world have widened the gap, the ceiling is actually lower.
Iowa was previously a team that played this type of offense specifically to keep things close against much better teams. 2016 Michigan, 2019 Penn State, and 2019 Michigan all serve as the benefit to this strategy. Of course, the entirety of the 2010 Iowa football season shows the challenges.
Now, Iowa still loses the head-scratchers (2022 Nebraska, 2022 Iowa State. 2022 Illinois) but is no longer competitive in the games this strategy was supposed to mitigate.
The sky isn’t falling and the Iowa Hawkeyes will almost certainly finish with a respectable record this season. But with USC, Oregon, Washington, and *UCLA joining the Big Ten Conference next year, fans need to see a bit more growth to have faith moving forward.
*Please note that neither @hawkguymatt nor @message-board-geniuses believe UCLA is good.
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