Monday, September 15, 2014

The Greatest Game (2014 edition)

I am trying, and sometimes failing, to pay less attention to football. As a result, I did not do a post about the Most Important College Football Game Of The Year, i.e., the University of Iowa vs. Iowa State. We have previously covered the 2013 and 2012 versions of the MICGCOTY game here and here.

Recognizing the importance of MICGOTY, sports writer (and Marquette University alum) Charles P. Pierce has an article about the game on Grantland. Mr. Pierce devotes a fair amount of his article to the fact that Iowa State initially missed the game winning field goal but Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz called time-out at the last moment before the snap in order to try to "ice the kicker." The move backfired as Iowa State made the field goal after the time out. Mr. Pierce suggests that this outcome wonderful because icing the kicker is bad coaching.

I don't know what Mr. Torvik thinks of the icing the kicker strategy but I do know that he is delighted when 13 of the 14 Big 10 schools lose.

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