Mr. Optimist and Mr. Pessimist give their assessment after the Iowa footbal team’s win Saturday over Missouri State:
Mr. Optimist: Iowa sophomore quarterback Jake Rudock has been a pleasant surprise after two games with 449 passing yards, a 61.5 completion percentage and a team-leading three rushing touchdowns.
Mr. Pessimist: There is nothing pleasant about the three interceptions that Rudock has thrown in just two games. One cost Iowa the game against Northern Illinois and the pick-six against Missouri State almost did.
Mr. Optimist: Iowa is averaging 249 rushing yards and 4.9 yards per carry after two games.
Mr. Pessimist: Iowa has accumulated those rushing yards against a team from the Mid-American Conference that had to replace eight starters on defense and against a team that’s expected to be mediocre at the FCS level.
Mr. Optimist: Fans still have five more chances to fill Kinnick Stadium this season just like the good ol’ days under Kirk Ferentz.
Mr. Pessimist: If I recall, the good ol’ days used to include double-digit win seasons, future NFL players and an Iowa defense that could actually sack a quarterback.
Mr. Optimist: The loss to Northern Iowa shows that Iowa State is vulnerable this season and that Iowa should have its way with the Cyclones in Ames.
Mr. Pessimist: I’d be a rich man if I had a dollar for every time I heard an Iowa fan underestimate the Cyclones heading into this game.
Mr. Optimist: Two down.
Mr. Pessimist: Ten to go.
Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football