The Hlog by Mike Hlas

Were Hawkeyes playoff players before last Saturday?

Last week, Iowa was on the radar of the chair of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

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Hlists, Week 8: Iowa School of Sock-Making?


1. Florida State 31, Notre Dame 27

2. Kansas State 31, Oklahoma 30

3. Texas 48, Iowa State 45

THRE [...]

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Hlas: Washington isn’t capital of Big Ten Nation

WASHINGTON — A multitude of Iowa football fans streamed through Reagan National Airport Sunday, still trying to digest the bitterness of the Hawkeyes' 38-31 loss at Maryland the day before as they started heading home.

In downtown Wa [...]

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Ranking Big Ten's Week 8 efforts: 1. Nebraska, 11. Iowa


The Big Ten had five favorites and five underdogs Saturday. The favorites won, the underdogs fell.

That wouldn't make more much of a movie, would it?

Oh well, here is the ranking of the Week 8 performances of Big Ten team [...]

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Iowa-Maryland predictions from across America


Maryland is a 4.5-point favorite over Iowa Saturday. But not one of the following people says the Terps will win by 4.5 points.


Adam [...]

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Halftime thoughts: Maryland 17, Iowa 14

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — So that non-fumble call on Maryland C.J. Brown’s 3-yard run to the Iowa 1 … That didn’t do the Hawkeyes any favors, eh?

Strange game, football. This felt like an Iowa blowout-to-b [...]

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Hlas: Hawkeyes came a long way not to be themselves

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Why didn’t Iowa’s football team just bring Maryland a nice welcome-to-the-Big Ten gift before the game and be done with it?

An espresso machine, maybe. Cheese boards or champagne glasses or can [...]

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Ready or not, it's Hawkeyes vs. ... Maryland?

Mike Hlas, The Gazette



The Big Ten's reason for plucking Maryland from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Rutgers from college athletics irrelevance was obvious and logi [...]

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Fun Facts: Iowa-Maryland


1. The two times Iowa began its Big Ten season with three wins were 2002 and 2009. Both seasons ended with BCS bowl appearances. Since 1940, just 10 Iowa teams have begun a season 6-1 or better. Iowa is 5-1.


2. Maryland [...]

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Hlastradamus: Doubling down on Hawkeyes, Cyclones

Hlastradamus sees things. That’s because he has a good optometrist. He urges you to get your eyes checked once a year.

He saw Iowa and Iowa State covering the spread (posted by the prophet’s good friends at continue »

Hlas Podcast: Tim Strachan, Maryland football color analyst

This week, the Mike Hlas Podcast focuses on the Maryland-Iowa game and Maryland in particular.

Mike's guest is Tim Strachan, who is the color analyst for Maryland footb [...]

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Hawkeyes’ Gaul quietly seized his moment


IOWA CITY — Tommy Gaul entered the Iowa football complex Tuesday afternoon and walked right past a cluster of sports reporters who were there for [...]

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Hawkeyes are nation’s best in (penalty) flag football

There are reasons why Iowa’s football team is 5-1.

You can start with the fact they played well enough to win five times. That’s kind of important.

You can also suggest the Hawkeyes haven’t played an opponen [...]

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The Hlists: Week 7 in college football — Mike Leach hates golf


1. USC 28, Arizona 26

2. Baylor 61, TCU 58

3. Notre Dame 50, North Carolina 43


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Hawkeyes’ next foe no Bullies of the Beltway

Iowa’s football team has won six of their last seven road games. Maryland has lost five of its last six home games.

Considering Iowa plays at Maryland Saturday, those are pretty positive trends for the Hawkeyes. But even more encourag [...]

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