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The BTPowerhouse staff discusses the opening segment of conference play and the hot start for the Iowa Hawkeyes among others topics. To help facilitate discussion, BTPowerhouse Editor-in-Chief Thomas Beindit hosts and BTPowerhouse Contributor Graham Hooten joins.
#173: Marla Looper, Head Coach, Iowa Softball, visits TCRS for the first time to discuss the home opener and B1G opener against Maryland. Games vs Maryland will be tonight at 4pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 1pm. Sunday's game will air on BTN Plus. Coach Looper concluded her fourth season as the head coach for the University of Iowa softball program in 2014. Looper owns an 100-104-1 overall and 42-48 Big Ten Conference record since the 2011 season. Looper collected her 100th career victory in the 2014 season finale, when Erin Erickson delivered a walkoff, two-run home run to lift the Hawkeyes past Ohio State, 3-2. On the season, Iowa posted 16 wins -- nine in conference action and three over ranked opponents (16-30-1). Megan Blank earned her third-straight first team All-Big Ten honor and was a second team NFCA All-Midwest Region selection after leading the Hawkeyes in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, doubles, triples, RBIs and walks. Kayla Massey earned her second career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week nod on March 31 after recording two complete game wins over Wisconsin. Hawkeyes Twitter, Hawkeyes Facebook.
We recap Aaron Rodgers & the Green Bay Packers frigid playoff game against Colin Kapernick & the San Francisco 49ers, lovingly dubbed by Packers guards Josh Sitton and Greg Van Roten as the #FrozenWaterBowl.
What did we see from the rest of the NFL playoff action on Saturday and Sunday? We'll breakdown the other three playoff games.
Plus, we'll provide updates of the Badgers-Hawkeyes basketball match-up as the podcast continues. Jarrod Uthoff makes his return to the Kohl Center, this time as a part of the Iowa Hawkeyes. What response will he get, and do fans really care with the Badgers off to a 13-0 start?
The BTPowerhouse staff discusses the latest action across the Big Ten and specifically, how the conference is shaping up for the 2016 NCAA Tournament. To help facilitate discussion, BTPowerhouse Editor-in-Chief Thomas Beindit hosts and both SBNation's Chris Dobbertean and Big East Coast Bias' Robert O'Neill join.
Taylor "Gator" Phillips and Ed Smith break down the following:
The #5 Michigan State Spartans edge the #4 Iowa Hawkeyes 16-13 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana to win the 2015 B1G 10 Football Championship, move up to #3 in the nation, and secure a to bowl game in the College Football Playoff for the first time in school history. They will play the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day 2016.
Their Men's Basketball team moves up to #1 in the country.
The Pistons finish their homestand 4-0 before getting badly stung by the Hornets in Charlotte 104-84. They host the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday.
The Red Wings came back to defeat the Nashville Predators 5-4 in overtime at Joe Louis Arena. We'll preview their matchup in our nation's country on NBCSN. Drew Miller is out 6 weeks, and Teemu Pulkkinen is out 6-8 weeks.
The Tigers sign starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey to a 2-year $16M contract, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a 1-year deal, and relief pitcher Mark Lowe to a 2-year $13M deal.
The guys break down the College Football Playoff Committee's 4th edition of weekly rankings, looking specifically at the rise of the Oklahoma Sooners & Michigan State Spartans as it coincides with the step back for Notre Dame from the Top 4.
The Iowa Hawkeyes, UCLA Bruins, Stanford Cardinal, Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide also get the FBF double-check treatment.
The guys then talk Heisman Watch, with Brady making a case for a surprise inclusion in New York, while Matt weighs the chance for a running back winner.
Packed show, hope you enjoy!
Chatham & Quinn return to finish out the final non-bowl weekend of the CFB calendar. Chatham makes his case that this season highlights the need for an expansion to an 8-team tournament, specifically using a blended FCS & bowl system model.
The guys then dive into the particulars of the final four, talking through the matchups of the Michigan State Spartans vs the Alabama Crimson Tide, and the Clemson Tigers vs the Oklahoma Sooners.
Quinn then offers some insight on the ever-expanding coaching carousel, including some interesting tidbits from a recent Bill Snyder speech on the subject.
The guys finish off by exploring the cases of the three Heisman candidates in advance of this weekend's big vote.
Hope you enjoy the show!
Johnny Football is a spoiled, silver spooned idiot. Les Miles' $15 million buyout? Take it and run, Les!.. Comparing the '15-'16 Golden State Warriors to the ''95-'96 Bulls? Seriously? Just stop it. Osweiler vs the Patriots? There will be blood.. Klitschko loses for the first time since... '04?! Also, Jerry Jones said this week's team will be the best so far. Yeah, about that..USC bounces UCLA (I was there!).. AND... Iowa will be your National Champions.. You'll see! And if you don't listen tomorrow, you'll have bad dreams.
Great show set up for you all tonight! I have two guest schedule for tonight, the always on point sports radio host and author Kevin Krest in the first to talk college football, bowls games and Heisman front runners. In the second out the host of WTAN's Sports Web Peter Blake will join me to talk about the potential rookie of the year Jameis Winston and the now 6-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The NFC is terriable and out side of a couple team should all be watching the playoff from home, I'll tell you the ones worst watch are. The Iowa Hawkeyes are still overrated but still not more overrated that the SEC, I explain and take fire form SEC fanboys. Plus you calls and more.
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There were no changes in the top five of the college football playoff ranking poll. This means that the Big Ten Championship game could determine which team will represent the Big Ten, in the College Football Playoff. Iowa stayed in the fourth posiition and will play number five Michigan State, in the Big Ten championship game. Ohio State looms at number six, but would need an enormous amount of help to defend its title.
Clemson remains the number one ranked team and will take on North Carolina, in the ACC championship game. Clemson has been the number one ranked team every week in the college football playoff ranking. North Carolina has won 11 straight games and will try to execute the biggest upset of the football season.
Alabama, ranked second, will battle with the Florida Gators, in the SEC championship game. The lone blemish, for Alabama, was a 43-37 loss to Ole Miss. Florida was destroyed by Florida State last week, 27-2, dashing any hopes of making the playoff.
Oklahoma occupies the thrid position and is idle during conference championship week. The Big 12 does not have a conference championship. By not playing, this could secure a spot in the playoff. Should Michigan State win, that could propel them to fourth but probably not over Oklahoma. Ohio State is ranked sixth, but is also idle. The worst case scenario is an Iowa win which could possibly move Oklahoma to fourth, should Clemson and Alabama win. The best case would be losses by both Clemson and Alabama. This could propel Oklahoma to a number one spot without playing.
With four conferences occuping positions in the top four, the NCAA could not have asked for a better end to the season. Should the favorites win, the playoff will have representation from the SEC, ACC, Big 12, and Big Ten. This could cause a debate on how teams are selected for the Championship
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