The 2-4-7: Recapping the first week of the transfer portal window for Iowa football.



Looking back on the week that was for Iowa football in the transfer portal, and highlighting key upcoming decisions for the Hawkeyes.

The first window of the transfer portal opened this week.

The Iowa staff has been busy working the phones and checking in on potential targets, but the Hawkeyes are also focused on retaining players from this year’s team and working out the scholarship situation.

Let’s recap the week that was for Iowa in the portal, and provide the latest on upcoming decisions that could be key for Iowa to determine how it decides to attack the portal.

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2 positions of potential need

Wide Receiver – As was the case in last year’s transfer portal windows, the Hawkeyes are going to need a wide receiver or two. There have been a couple of FBS receivers in the portal that Iowa has contacted, and we know that the Hawkeyes have been in touch with Tufts (D3) wide receiver Jaden Richardson, who has added offers from Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, California and UCF. He has taken visits to Cal, Washington, Central Florida and New Hampshire. The Hawkeyes will likely look to add an X receiver type in this portal window but also could go for the most talented receiver it can get traction with, as it did with Kaleb Brown last offseason.

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Three Keys and a Pick: Iowa to take on Michigan in important early season Big Ten matchup at home
Previewing Iowa’s Sunday afternoon matchup against Michigan in Iowa City.
Sean Bock

Iowa basketball has hit an early season rough patch as the Hawkeyes have lost their last two road games to Purdue and Iowa State by an average margin of 22 points. Iowa is 5-4 on the year and will have an important early Big Ten matchup on Sunday, Dec. 10 when Michigan comes to town. The Wolverines have also experienced some early season struggles as they are 4-5 on the year and losers of three straight games, including five of their last six. Both teams are 0-1 in Big Ten play.

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College football’s 10 season-defining games during 2023, ranked
These games defined the 2023 season.
Raymond Lucas Jr.
Dec 8th, 12:10 AM

The 2023 college football season has been an eventful one and there are still several games to be played, including two potential instant classics in the College Football Playoff semifinals. Bowl season is nearing arrival, which calls for a flashback to the regular season, conference championship weekend and the 10 games that defined the season up to this point.

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Through the regular season, several teams looked the part of a national championship contender. Slowly, those teams began to fall from the unbeaten ranks. Florida State notably never did, but it had games or performances that would eventually keep it out of the College Football Playoff. Michigan and Washington were the only other undefeated Power Five teams and both had clutch performances in season-defining games en route to becoming conference champions. Texas and Alabama both suffered a loss, but won when it mattered most to earn a spot in the CFP. Those four teams and a handful of other teams are featured in the 10 season-defining games.

Other teams also defined the season due to the attention it garnered to begin the year. It was dubbed “The Deion Sanders effect,” and viewership flourished in September.

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Below are the 10 games that defined the 2023 campaign with bowl season on the horizon.


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Result: Colorado won 45-42

For an entire month, Colorado was the talk of the sports world. That was made possible when it beat TCU in the season-opener, a game that will be rewatched for years due to the fireworks that were repeatedly on display from both the Buffaloes and Horned Frogs. That game didn’t have championship implications, but you can’t discuss the 2023 season without mentioning Colorado’s impact in September. The hype continued to soar as Colorado beat Nebraska and Colorado State in its ensuing games. Then Oregon head coach Dan Lanning gave his infamous speech. His team battered the Buffaloes, and hype began to ease. The decline was sharp, but September was transcendent. Just ask five-star offensive lineman Jordan Seaton, who committed to Colorado Thursday over the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Tennessee and several others.


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Result: Ohio State won 17-14

Ohio State’s victory over Notre Dame on the road was highly impressive at the time due to its physicality and ability to run the ball. The victory bolstered Ohio State’s case as the best team in the country for several weeks, which is important because beating an undefeated, battle-tested Buckeyes squad is what helped Michigan earn the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff. In the end, Ohio State beating Notre Dame benefited Michigan more than the Buckeyes, but it did strengthen OSU’s case to reach a New Year’s Six bowl and it will face Missouri in the Cotton Bowl.


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Result: Michigan won 24-15

How would Michigan respond to Jim Harbaugh’s second suspension? The answer was delivered against Penn State as the Wolverines marched into enemy territory and left victorious. The win took Penn State out of the race for the Big Ten East and showcased Michigan’s poise. Michigan’s momentum soared after the victory and it has yet to lose a game as it would go on to beat Maryland, Ohio State and Iowa. Meanwhile, the loss left a call to action as Penn State head coach James Franklin fired offensive coordinator Mike Yurich. Penn State has since hired former Kansas offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki.


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Result: Oklahoma State won 27-24

Conference realignment has had a heavy impact on rivalry games in college football and if 2023 was the final Bedlam, Oklahoma State will hold bragging rights for eternity unless the programs meet in a bowl. Oklahoma State took control of its own destiny from Oklahoma with a 27-24 victory. It made it increasingly unlikely that Oklahoma and Texas would meet in a rematch in the Big 12 Championship Game, which would hold true. Instead, Oklahoma State met Texas for a shot at a conference title, but the Longhorns won in blowout fashion. Would Oklahoma have secured a second victory over Texas? Tough to tell. Oklahoma State took that scenario and threw it out the window.


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Result: Washington won 36-33

Initially, the biggest game in rivalry history between Washington and Oregon happened on Oct. 14. The Huskies and Ducks collided in an instant classic. Washington led 29-18 at one point then Oregon stormed back and took control. It was a couple of first downs away from securing the win, but Bo Nix threw an incompletion on fourth down, giving Washington life. Michael Penix Jr. delivered two clutch dimes, one of which was a go-ahead touchdown to take a 36-33 lead. Oregon kicker Camden Lewis missed a potential game-tying field goal as time expired. While Washington won, many left feeling like Oregon was the better team. It felt all but certain the two would meet again in the Pac-12 Championship Game.


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Results: Florida State beat North Florida 58-13, Florida State beat Florida 24-15

Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis suffered a leg injury against North Alabama that would keep the Seminoles out of the College Football Playoff. FSU didn’t lose that game, but the College Football Playoff committee deemed it a non-national title contender without its starting quarterback. That narrative likely was formed the following weekend against Florida when Seminoles backup quarterback Tate Rodemaker struggled in a 24-15 win. Rodemaker was injured late in that game after being hit while sliding. He went into concussion protocol leading up to the ACC Championship Game against Louisville and was unavailable, leaving Brock Glenn as QB1, who threw for just 55 yards in a 16-6 victory.

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Result: Michigan won 30-24

Michigan and Ohio State have grown accustomed to playing in the biggest regular season game and the most recent meeting was another season-defining clash. Michigan beat Ohio State for the third straight season en route to a third straight Big Ten championship. The Buckeyes survived last season’s defeat with help from Utah, which beat USC in the Pac-12 Championship Game. It wasn’t as lucky this time around and will be on the outside looking in for the second time in three seasons. The win over Ohio State helped Michigan claim the No. 1 seed and its reward is facing Alabama in the Rose Bowl. While it isn’t an easy task, it’s better to be in the CFP rather than outside of it.


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Result: Washington won 34-31

Washington entered the Pac-12 Championship Game as a two-score underdog. The clash was for a spot in the College Football Playoff and Oregon had been playing at a much higher level than its rival leading up to the rematch. But Friday was about the Huskies, which won 34-31 after leading 20-3 in the first half. The Huskies controlled the line of scrimmage and found success in the passing game as wide receivers Jalen McMillan and Rome Odunze both logged over 100 yards on the evening. Penix threw for 319 yards with a touchdown and interception. The win helped Washington land the No. 2 seed in the CFP. It battles No. 3 Texas in the Sugar Bowl, a rematch of 2022’s Alamo Bowl.


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Result: Texas won 34-24

Last season was a case of “what could’ve been” after Texas fell to Alabama at home in a game that Quinn Ewers couldn’t finish. 2023 was different. Texas walked into Tuscaloosa, Ewers stayed healthy and the Longhorns secured the most impressive victory of the season. Texas later fell to Oklahoma, but it played well enough to win and perhaps should’ve, so the perception of the Longhorns didn’t change much. After Alabama beat Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, Texas fans celebrated because it felt unlikely that the committee would put Alabama in the playoff and not the team that beat it. That would turn out to be true, with Texas landing the No. 3 seed and Alabama No. 4. If both win on New Year’s Day, a rematch in the national championship game will become official.


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Result: Alabama beat Georiga 27-24

Entering the SEC Championship Game, Alabama hadn’t lost to Georgia under Kirby Smart on that stage. Georgia had won consecutive national titles with a third potentially brewing. Something had to give and Alabama came away victorious. The victory was among the most impressive that a team notched in 2023 and it helped the Crimson Tide hurdle Florida State in the College Football Playoff selection show the following day. Georgia will face Florida State in the Orange Bowl rather than compete for a third straight championship, while Alabama has a date with Michigan in the Rose Bowl for a spot in the national title game.

Takeaways from Iowa basketball’s 90-65 loss to Iowa State
What to take away from Iowa’s blowout loss to Iowa State in Ames.
Sean Bock

Iowa State came out firing, and the Cyclones did not let up as they blew Iowa out of Hilton Coliseum, 90-65, on Thursday.

With the loss, Iowa moves to 5-4 on the year, with its two road losses this week to Iowa State and Purdue coming by an average of 22 points.

There is still a lot of ball left to be played for Iowa. The Hawkeyes are only nine games into the season, but there have been several negative trends for Iowa in the early going.



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