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Hlastradamus returns to save the world

By Mike Hlas, The Gazette


It's been a long time since Hlastradamus was seen in these parts. He spent the off-season taking a twerking class.

But the prophet has returned in time for Week 1 to make some college football pr [...]

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Spartans overwhelming pick to win Big Ten


There's a lot more predicting to be done for the coming college football season than any before it.

We never had the College Football Playoff before. And with it comes a lot of doubt about the Big Ten., an E [...]

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Iowa’s new punter is 4th-generation Big Ten player

Mike Hlas, The Gazette

IOWA CITY — Is there a kicking gene? Something extra in the makeup of certain humans that helps make footballs fly off their feet?

Leaving that for scientists with too much time on their hands to po [...]

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Hlas Podcast: Jim Sullivan, Waterloo Courier

With the Northern Iowa-Iowa football game upon us Saturday, the Mike Hlas Podcast welcomes Jim Sullivan, who covers UNI football for the Waterloo Courier.

Jim tells us what he thinks the Panthers would have to do to spring an upset in Kinn [...]

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UNI-Iowa a rare FCS-FBS matchup that doesn’t stink

Northern Iowa's football team skews Iowans' opinions about FBS-FCS football matchups.

FBS, by the way, is Football Bowl Subdivision. The big boys. FCS is Football Championship Subdivision. The next-biggest boys. But the difference in schol [...]

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UNI embraces hype and challenges

CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa's football team has a mental approach for competing against its two big brothers in Iowa, and it isn't by telling itself it's just another game.

“First of all, you have to embrace the hype,” UN [...]

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Hawkeyes in the NFL: Will Kirksey, Hitchens both start?

Saturday was a very good night for former Iowa Hawkeyes on the Minnesota Vikings.

Tight end Allen Reisner caught two touchdown passes from rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, giving Reisner three TDs in the last two games.

Veteran li [...]

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College football rebooted: Into playoff world

Golf has metal woods, there are no horses in water polo, and 14 teams are in the Big Ten.

We begin a new college football season this week with a rebooted Big Ten. Enter Rutgers and Maryland. Enter divisions named East and West instead of [...]

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Hlas Podcast:'s Stewart Mandel

A new season of the Mike Hlas Podcast starts with this conversation with national college football writer Stewart Mandel of, the author of the new book “continue »

Ranking Iowa’s 2014 football games: No. 1 Wisconsin

This is a 12-to-1 countdown of Iowa’s most-appealing football games this season. No. 1 is the most-appealing. We started with

No. 12 Ball State. Purdue was No. 11, Northern Iowa No. 10, Iowa State No. 9, Indiana No. 8, Illinois No. 7 [...]

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