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Bryce Miller’s 3 for 3: Iowa fans chant … ‘We’re No. 83’?

[ 0 ] December 4, 2012 |

The 3 for 3 blog, Tuesday edition …


1: TALKING ABOUT No. 83 … USA Today ranked all of the teams in the major-college football this week — from No. 1 (Notre Dame) through No. 124 (Southern Mississippi).

Some of the interesting things related to Iowa …

—   Iowa was listed No. 83 overall, two spots ahead of a team to which it lost (Central Michigan) and two spots ahead of a team it routed (Minnesota).

—   Northern Illinois, another team the Hawkeyes beat, is No. 14 after finishing the rest of its season unbeaten to bump powerhouse Oklahoma from the BCS bid to the Orange Bowl.

—   Indiana, another team that beat Iowa, is listed below the Hawkeyes, at No. 87.

The list seems about right when full seasons are factored in, though.

Iowa, in theory was within one play (games decided by six points or less), from different outcomes in seven of its 12 games. Two of those were wins (Northern Illinois, Michigan State) — meaning the Hawkeyes, in theory, could have been a two-victory team.

A game-changer in the Northern Illinois win, with the big play at the 7:32 mark …

Five of those “one-play games” were losses, though (Iowa State, Central Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, Nebraska) — meaning the record had the potential to be as good as 9-3. The big moment in one of the close setbacks (Iowa State) …

Those are extreme possibilities (2-10 or 9-3), obviously, but show how slim the margin can be between successful seasons and those deemed disasters by fans.

Iowa State, for the record, is No. 60 on the USA Today list.


2: YOUR HEISMAN VOTE … In Monday’s blog, I asked readers who they would pick for the Heisman Trophy. 

The highest vote-getter was Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, with 54.1 percent.

Next: Manti Te’o, Notre Dame linebacker (25 percent); Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M QB (16.4); Braxton Miller, Ohio State QB (2.5); and other (2).

I still go with Te’o …


3. BONO GETS HALF CREDIT … A few alert readers mentioned that the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis happened at 6:01 p.m. — rather than “Early morning … April 4” as U2’s Bono belted out in the song “Pride.”

The reference cropped up in relation to Memphis, the site of Iowa State’s Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl game against Tulsa.

It’s been argued that the time in Dublin, the band’s hometown, was just past midnight — hence, morning there — but that would have made the date there April 5, or a day later. 

Rolling Stone says Bono didn’t catch the error in time for the album.

In later performances of the song, Bono switched the words to “Early evening … April 4” like at this show in Chicago at the 2:19 mark …


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