Iowa an early potential landing spot for Michigan transfer QB Cade McNamara

The Iowa Hawkeyes have been linked as an early potential landing spot for Michigan transfer quarterback Cade McNamara.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are a team and program becoming very much linked to the transfer portal this offseason, which hasn’t even gotten underway yet. News today has only sparked that intrigue even more.

Cade McNamara, a quarterback from Michigan, is reportedly entering the NCAA transfer portal. He has made the choice to do so as Michigan has went with J.J. McCarthy as their starting quarterback and guy for the future.

In a full season during 2021, McNamara led Michigan to the Big Ten title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. He threw for 2,576 yards, 15 touchdowns, and completed 64.2% of his passes to go along with a rating of 141.9.

The talk surrounding Iowa is how to fix the quarterback room and McNamara is a name that makes a lot of sense early on. He fits the mold that Hawkeyes’ head coach Kirk Ferentz would go after in the portal.

McNamara is an upperclassman with tons of experience and coming from a top tier program. Iowa is likely seeing Spencer Petras depart after he celebrated his Senior Day in their final home game. Behind him, the rest of the Iowa quarterback room is full of question marks and unknowns.

FOX Sports reporter Bruce Feldman believes that the Hawkeyes could be a landing spot for McNamara. This is likely just the start of the rumors for where McNamara lands, the Hawkeyes’ work in the portal, and the revamping of the quarterback position in Iowa City.

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ACC/Big Ten Challenge: Full 2022 schedule and TV info

ACC/Big Ten Challenge: Full 2022 schedule with start times and TV info for all 14 games

Monday night is the start of this year’s edition of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on the basketball court. The 14 members of the Big Ten will take on 14 members of the ACC in one of the original conference-vs-conference basketball scheduling agreements. The Big Ten is looking for a fourth consecutive victory in the series after winning the past three seasons. And with a series tie in 2018, it has been four straight years without losing to the ACC in this long-running series.

The ACC does hold the historical edge in the challenge, however. The ACC owns a 12-8-3 all-time series lead against the Big Ten. The ACC’s overall lead has been led by Duke’s 19-4 record all-time in the series, the most wins of any school in either conference and easily the best winning percentage. As far as winning percentage goes, nine teams in the ACC own a .500 win percentage or higher compared to just five Big Ten members being .500 or better in the series. Perhaps surprisingly, Penn State owns the Big Ten’s second-best all-time win percentage with .524% trailing only Purdue’s .571.

Maryland’s record in the all-time series is fun to make note of. As an ACC member, Maryland was 10-5 al-time in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, but the Terrapins have slumped to 1-7 in the series since switching sides as a Big Ten member.

NC State will not participate in this year’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge due to the ACC having an uneven membership compared to the Big Ten (15 basketball members to 14 with the ACC’s inclusion of Notre Dame).

Here is the full 2022 ACC-Big Ten Challenge schedule along with start times and TV information.

Iowa Stock Index: Hawkeyes’ stock report after loss to Nebraska

Iowa lost a heartbreaker to Nebraska. Whose stock is rising, whose stock is falling after the loss to the Cornhuskers?

The Iowa Hawkeyes fell 24-17 to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a game that felt as though anything that could have went wrong did go wrong. From penalties, to turnovers, to injuries, the Hawkeyes could not catch a break and that came at the worst possible time of the year for it to occur.

As we enter the wait before finding out what bowl game Iowa will be headed to, there is certainly some time for reflection, both positively and what could have went differently. Luckily, the Hawkeyes get one more game. They will be in a bowl and have a chance to end this season with a win and get to a mark of 8-5.

Quite a few Hawkeyes have had their hands in the mix in this game and some did everything they could to pull of the comeback, but there are a few that are seeing their stock rising as we continue down the final stretch of the season.

Big Ten football power rankings: No doubt about No. 1

Big Ten football power rankings after Week 13: No doubt about No. 1 now

The Big Ten regular season has come to a close and the matchup is set for the Big Ten championship. Not surprisingly, the conference title game will include the best team in the conference, who just so happens to be the defending conference champion as well.

Michigan and Ohio State were playing at a different level from the rest of the Big Ten for the majority of the year, and the much-anticipated showdown in Columbus, Ohio came out living up to the hype before the momentum of the game slanted entirely in favor of the Wolverines. And with that, Michigan climbed back to the top of the Big Ten power rankings.

With the regular season coming to a close, this will be the final edition of the weekly Big Ten football power rankings on Nittany Lions Wire. So with that being the case, let’s take a look at how the Big Ten measured up against each other after a full regular season.

Big Ten Week 13 Rewind: Michigan the beast of the East, Purdue takes the West

Big Ten football Week 13 Rewind: B1G championship game set, final standings, all final scores

College football’s rivalry weekend to wrap up the regular season is always packed with intense drama. The Big Ten certainly had its share of rivalry fun in Week 13 as each division’s top spot was on the line over a handful of rivalry games. Michigan and Ohio State battled for the top spot in the East Division and the West crown was left hanging in the balance after Iowa stumbled on Friday after Thanksgiving and Purdue and Illinois were hoping to capitalize on the opportunity.

But now the books are close don the regular season and the stage is set for next week’s Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis.  Here is a brief rundown of all of the results from the Big Ten’s closing weekend beginning with the big one in Columbus.

Iowa earns a resounding ‘F’ grade in regular season-ending loss to Nebraska Cornhuskers

Pull up a chair. Class is in session. It’s time to hand out grades following the Iowa Hawkeyes’ crushing season-ending loss to Nebraska.

Spoiler alert, the Iowa Hawkeyes get an “F” in this report card. You win as a team and lose as a team, and it truly was a team effort in this embarrassing loss.

In a must-win game at home to continue their season and make it back to the Big Ten Championship where they could try and make amends for their beatdown there last year, Iowa just didn’t look bothered on Friday. It looked as though the team were still in a food coma, especially early on in the first half half, as Nebraska arrived hungry and ready to fight for the Heroes Trophy.

While they made things interesting at the end of this one, it was more so the Cornhuskers willingly trying to give the Hawkeyes the game. Iowa simply didn’t want to take it from them.

The offense was an embarrassment, the coaching staff deserves blame, and the defense were put in some unfortunate situations tonight. While the team as a whole gets an “F” performance for losing a game that they had no business losing, there were a few bright spots that I do have to point out in a harsh and reactionary report card to the final performance of the 2022 Iowa Hawkeyes regular season.

Inside the Box Score: Key stats from Nebraska’s win over Iowa

Let’s take a look at two key stats from Nebraska’s over Iowa

The Nebraska Cornhuskers pulled off an upset over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday! The Cornhuskers entered the matchup on a five-game losing streak, while the Hawkeyes were in the midst of a four-game winning streak.

In the first quarter, quarterback Casey Thompson was able to connect with wide receiver Trey Palmer for an 87-yard touchdown pass. Thompson connected with Palmer, once again, in the second quarter for an 18-yard touchdown. At halftime, the Cornhuskers had built a strong 17-0 lead. However, things got shaky late in the game, as the Hawkeyes scored ten unanswered points. Nevertheless, the Cornhuskers were able to hold on for the 24-17 victory.

Here are two standout stats.

Week 13 Iowa opponent preview: Breaking down the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ offense

The Iowa Hawkeyes host Nebraska in Week 13. Here is an offensive outlook for what the Cornhuskers will try to do and who to watch.

Week 13 for the Iowa Hawkeyes is for all the marbles. The Big Ten West is on the line with a win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Just simply find a way to win this game and you are going back to Indianapolis for a second year in a row.

In their way stands the Cornhuskers in the midst of a turbulent year. With the early season firing of Scott Frost after a rather unsuccessful tenure in Lincoln, Nebraska has been led by interim head coach Mickey Joseph. It is unfair to give him a grade on this season as he took over a brutal situation and is trying to get this team to the offseason to regroup.

This matchup is a rivalry and Nebraska knows they can play ultimate spoiler. They will have to get something going offensively against the stout Iowa defense should they want to make this interesting in Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa Hawkeyes Senior Day: Here’s to you, 22

As we near Iowa’s Senior Day this season, a more personal note to my little brother that I now get to look up to. Here’s to you, 22.

Some of you may know I have a tie to the Iowa program. I have hinted at it and toyed with it, but out of respect for him, I haven’t outwardly said that my little brother is a member of the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Until today. That changes a bit. My little brother, Nolan Donald, is a senior at Iowa right now. This week is a bit bittersweet for me if I am being honest. Bitter due to it being the final time he will suit up inside Kinnick. Sweet because he gets to reap the rewards of the immense effort, time, and sacrifice he has put in. That is what I want to talk about. His hard work has been so quietly done and always so dedicated that even though I am four years older, I truly feel that I get to look up to my younger brother and it’s one of the best things in the world.

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It hasn’t been easy to get to this day. In fact, it has been an absolute grind. Not just the four years at Iowa, either. Your grind started when you were just a kid.

When we were just kids, our youngest sister, Sophia, passed away in a car accident. Nothing prepares you for that. There is no playbook to handle that, no scheme you can run, nothing. It was life-changing. There was really a turning point of letting it keep each other down or leaning on one another to keep going.

What that did do, though, is bring you, our sister Livia, and myself closer than ever and create a bond that doesn’t even have adjectives to describe how strong it is. It taught us we need each other. And it taught us how to persevere through the hardest of adversities that life can give you. One thing I can tell you, as well, is that Sophia has been at Kinnick with you every single time. You have her angel wings on your right arm and you have her sitting on your shoulder every game.

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Life and football are two different things, but it can sort of encapsulate how your career at Iowa has went. There was the broken foot that required surgery two years ago. You got the surgery and kept moving forward. That is until December of 2021.

I’ll never forget when you called me and told me the news. You tore your ACL right before the Big Ten Championship game. My heart sank for you as surgery was required and traveling to the game was off the table. Rather than sulking, you called me up and told me to do whatever it takes to get to Indy and be there.

I wanted to come home to watch it with you, but you weren’t having it. You wanted me in Indy to support Iowa and stay true to a cause bigger than yourself. It wasn’t about you, and you never made it about you, even in the moments you were what mattered most. That’s special.

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It all culminates for you this Friday when you get your moment inside Kinnick Stadium. So many memories come to mind. The time we were playing backyard football as kids and tackled each other into the fence, taking down 10 yards of the new fence that had just been put in.

Every Saturday you would get up early after playing your high school games on Friday night and travel the Midwest to watch me play and Livia cheerlead while we were at Augustana College. And now every single Saturday we have gotten to enjoy with you during this ride at Iowa.

Seeing you choose to go to Iowa as a walk-on and give it everything has shown me what it looks like to be dedicated to something bigger than yourself. You have stuck with it, regardless of the circumstances, and done something so few people can say that they did.

You taught me what it looks like to have a dream, reach for that dream, and go get that dream. You are living your dream of being a Big Ten football player who will graduate with a degree. No one can take it. You went out and made your dream happen.

So, when Friday rolls around and you suit up in that 22, just know that even though I am your older brother, you have taught me so much and I look up to you.

I had some tears on my Senior Day at Augie. I had some tears writing this. I know I will have some tears on Friday. I am so proud of your hard work. I am so proud of you. I love you, 22.

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Where the Hawks may be headed: Week 12 Iowa Hawkeyes bowl projection round up

While the Iowa Hawkeyes have a bigger goal to focus on, they are still bowling. Here is where the Hawkeyes may be headed this postseason.

While the Iowa Hawkeyes have their full focus and attention on their Week 13 matchup against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, there is a bowl berth waiting for them and it is a matter of where they are headed.

Just a month ago, some projections had Iowa playing in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit and some had the Hawkeyes not even becoming bowl eligible. The tide has turned quickly and the bowl projections have continued to reflect that with their bowl, opponent, and location all improving week over week.

This is all subject to change with one, or potentially two, games to go for Iowa and how those shake out. For teams with postseason games on the line, it is nearly impossible to determine their fate before they wrap up every game, but there is some belief that Iowa may be headed to a certain bowl down south right now. Their opponent shuffles as well but here are the projections for the Hawkeyes.