IOWA CITY — The faint Big Ten West Division title chase officially ended for the Hawkeyes last week at Camp Randall.
Keep Purdue (4-6, 2-5 Big Ten) down. Most improved team in the Big Ten? It’s going to be tough to beat Michigan State on that, but head coach Jeff Brohm has gotten everyone’s attention in his first year in West Lafayette, Ind.
IOWA CITY — First, the bad news. Iowa basketball allowed a team with one returning starter and a new coach, picked to finish seventh in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, to open a lead against them in the second half Thursday night.
The good news: The Hawkeyes responded to their first real challenge of the season in a big way. And it was the freshman duo of Jack Nunge and Luka Garza that provided much of the response.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release 2000 trout near the boat ramp at Prairie Park Fishery, 2125 Otis Road SE, on Friday, November 17 at 10:00 a.m. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources stocks Prairie Park Fishery in the fall as part of its statewide Urban Lakes Trout Program. Generally, Iowa lakes, including Prairie Park Fishery, are too warm to support trout which require water temperatures below 70 degrees. Through the release, people can experience trout fishing without traveling to Northeast Iowa.
Anglers interested in fishing for trout are required to possess a valid license and a state trout stamp. The trout stamp may be purchased at any local sporting retailer who sells fishing licenses.
Prairie Park Fishery is open daily from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. — Instead of cleats, a good pair of hiking boots might be appropriate footwear for the Iowa football team this week.
After dashing Ohio State’s hopes of being part of this year’s College Football Playoffs, the 25th-rated Hawkeyes have a chance to play the role of the spoiler again today in a 2:30 p.m. game at Wisconsin.
"It’s kind of like, we won a game Saturday, but we’ve got an even bigger hill to climb now," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.
The sixth-ranked Badgers have piled up nine wins to start to the season, and they take the field at Camp Randall Stadium riding a 10-game winning streak, matching Georgia for the nation’s second-longest active win streak.
Cedar Rapids, IA – Ellis Golf Course, 1401 Zika Ave NW, will close for the season at the end of the day, Wednesday, November 8. Jones Golf Course will be the only remaining municipal course that is open. It will stay open for golfing as long as the weather allows. For more information, call 319-286-5588.
IOWA CITY — They understand it will take a nearly perfect game, but this Iowa football team will take the field against third-ranked Ohio State working to create a moment to call its own.
"Every team needs something to be remembered for, something that gives it an identity. We’re still working to create that," Hawkeye tight end T.J. Hockenson said. "This is a big opportunity for us."
It’s not unlike the opportunity Iowa found itself in a year ago this month when Michigan showed up at Kinnick Stadium with playoff hopes and a No. 2 national ranking and left with a 14-13 loss.
Last year’s Wolverines weren’t alone.
Three of the last four visitors with a top-five national ranking to take the field at Kinnick Stadium have been beaten by Iowa.
Cedar Rapids, IA – Gardner Golf Course, 5101 Golf Course Rd, Hwy 13, will close for the season at the end of the day, Sunday, November 5. Ellis Golf Course will remain open into next week. It’s closing will be determined by weather forecasts through Veteran’s Day weekend. The foot golf course at Jones Golf Course will close on Sunday also. However, the Jones golf course will continue to be open. For more information, call 319-286-5588.
Cedar Rapids, IA – The last day of play for golfers at Twin Pines Golf Course will be Wednesday, November 1. The course will close for the season at dusk that day. Ellis, Gardner and Jones Golf Courses will remain open as long as weather permits. Please respect any frost/freeze delays over the final weeks of the golf season. For more information, call 319-286-5588.
NEW ORLEANS -- Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller was carted off the field in the third quarter of Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Saints after suffering a left knee injury. He was later officially ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Bears coach John Fox said following the game that Miller dislocated his knee and will spend the night in the hospital.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with him," he said.
Miller, 33, had made a nice over-the-shoulder catch from Mitch Trubisky in the end zone for a score, but when he landed, his left leg bent awkwardly.
The Bears will look to win their third straight game and improve to 4-4 Sunday when they visit the Saints in New Orleans. Here are four storylines to watch in the game:
(1) How well will the Bears be able to contain another star quarterback in Drew Brees?
Even at 38 years old, Brees is still playing at a very high level. This season the 10-time Pro Bowler has completed 69.1 percent of his passes for 1,652 yards with 11 touchdowns, four interceptions and a stellar 100.0 passer rating. Brees has led the NFL in TD passes four times and in passing yards a record seven times and has passed for over 5,000 yards a record five times.