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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowas recent stumbles have left the program playing for bowl eligibility instead of a championship. Casey Cizikas Jersey .Its been like that nearly every season since 2010 for the Hawkeyes, which has left open the possibility that last years 12-2 record was more of an anomaly than the start of an upswing.A loss to No. 3 Michigan (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) on Saturday would leave Iowa (5-4, 3-3) with at least five losses for the sixth time in seven years. Although the Hawkeyes still technically can win the West, the much more likely post-season scenario involves a forgettable bowl to cap a disappointing season.Iowa hosts the Wolverines as a 20-point underdog, its largest such line in recent memory.Historically its a real fine line for us. We really have to be doing everything right. We have to be relatively healthy, and you have to make your own breaks, coach Kirk Ferentz said. All you can do as a coach is ask them to do their best. I think the guys are doing that.On offense, Iowa has reached a point where some struggles seem inevitable. The loss of wide receiver Matt VandeBerg and the limited role that injured tight end George Kittle can provide in the passing game has robbed the Hawkeyes of the ability to threaten opposing defenses through the air.But perhaps the most perplexing thing about Iowas inconsistency is that many of its same defensive starters played crucial roles in 2015.Corner back Desmond King, defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson and Josey Jewell returned to anchor a unit that fell apart against a decent offense for the second time this season last week. The Hawkeyes, who let up 38 points in a loss to Northwestern, allowed a staggering 599 yards of offense in last weeks 41-14 blowout loss at Penn State.According to defensive end Parker Hesse, the units performance against the Nittany Lions could be attributed to a lack of detail.It wasnt one glaring deficiency that bogged down the Hawkeyes, but rather a series of small mistakes that added up to a big loss in a key moment in the season.Thats a troubling sign for a program that prides itself on doing the little things well.Thats kind of the way its been in our losses this year, and thats something we have to work on, Hesse said. Its different things. But its more a mindset of always being on top of our stuff at all times.Despite the fact that an underwhelming season appears likely to be Iowas fate, the program isnt in quite the precarious situation it was in prior to last season.The Hawkeyes gleaming new facility has already paid off, with Iowa in line for its best recruiting class in years come February. The contract extension that coach Kirk Ferentz signed earlier this season should also help the Hawkeyes bring in more talented players lured by the stability of the coaching staff.But Iowa still has three games and possibly a bowl bid to play for in 2016. Those matchups represent a chance for the Hawkeyes to regain their momentum heading into the offseason -- but that can only happen if they get back to trusting each other as much as they did a year ago.Everybody just has to do a better job of focusing on their job, making sure theyre not trying to compensate for anybody else, running back LeShun Daniels Jr. said. Its more of a trust factor, getting back to believing in each other, that we can do it if we put our minds to it.---More college football from The Associated Press at Jason Chimera Jersey .C. at the helm of the top team in the Eastern Conference. His tenure as the GM in Vancouver was all too brief. Though he led the Canucks to what was then a franchise record-shattering campaign in just his second season, Nonis was gone and replaced one year later. Mike Bossy Islanders Jersey . Galatasaray said in a statement on its website Monday that Mancini signed a three-year contract and will be paid 3.5 million euros for the upcoming season, with his salary upped to 4. . Three came down to the fourth quarter while quarterbacks continued to shine in all four games; so important to the overall quality of the game.Paris, France (Sports Network) - World No. 1 superstar and former champion Serena Williams, Australian Open titlist Victoria Azarenka and last years Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska were a trio of winners Wednesday at the French Open. The sizzling-hot 2002 French Open winner Williams won her 26th straight match on tour by lambasting French wild card Caroline Garcia 6-1, 6-2 in only 62 minutes on Court Chatrier. "Its important for me to win easily," Williams said. "Its also important for me to play well. If I play well, it will bode well for me at Roland Garros." The 15-time Grand Slam singles champion is now 69-3 since a shocking first- round loss at the hands of French journeywoman Virginie Razzano at last years French Open. The 30-year-old Razzano came from behind to beat Slovak Zuzana Kucova 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 on Wednesday and could face Williams in a rematch in the quarterfinals if both players win two more matches this week. The 31-year-old reigning Wimbledon and U.S. Open titlist Williams is trying to reach her first French Open semifinal in 10 years. Her third-round opponent will be Romanian Sorana Cirstea. The third-seeded former No. 1 Azarenka finally played her first-round match and handled Russian Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-4 on the famed red clay at Roland Garros, while the fourth-seeded Radwanska looked good in her second-rounder by pasting American Mallory Burdette 6-3, 6-2. Rain wreaked havoc on the schedule Tuesday, as it took four days to complete round one. "I felt like Im one of the last ones to start," Azarenka said. "It was a long wait, but I think performance-wise it was a good match." The reigning two-time Aussie Open champ will face German Annika Beck in round two. Radwanska, meanwhile, has never advanced beyond the fourth round in Paris and was a third-round upset victim here a year ago. She couldve faced her sister, Urszula, in the next round if the younger sibling, who knocked out Venus Williams in the first round, beat German Dinah Pfizenmaier on Day 4. Her German counterpart, however, prevailed in 6-3, 6-3 fashion and will next face the older Radwanska. Fifth-seeded 2012 French Open runner-up Sara Errani won her eighth match in nine tries at Roland Garros by throttling Russian Yulia Putintseva 6-1, 6-1. The gritty Italian lost to Maria Sharapova in last years French finale and will meet German Sabine Lisicki in her next outing. Seventh-seeded former Wimbledon champion and 2012 French Open semifinalist Petra Kvitova outlasted Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the second round, while eighth-seeded German Angelique Kerber landed in the third round with a 6-2, 6-2 spanking off Slovak Jana Cepelova. Dennis Seidenberg Islanders Jersey. A second-round upset came when Serb Bojana Jovanovski took out 10th-seeded struggling Dane Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (7-2), 6-3. The former world No. 1 Wozniacki has posted only one clay-court win since early last month and has now lost before the quarterfinals in Paris six times in seven trips. Former French Open winner Ana Ivanovic moved on, as the 14th-seeded former No. 1 star whipped Frances Mathilde Johansson 6-2, 6-2. The Serbian Ivanovic captured the French title in 2008 and was the 2007 runner-up. Fifteenth-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci held off Kazakhstans Galina Voskoboeva 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, while Czech Petra Cetkovska ousted 19th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 20th-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro came back to beat American Shelby Rogers 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, and a 26th- seeded Cirstea subdued Swede Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-4 in the round of 64. Some other second-round results saw 29th-seeded American Varvara Lepchenko get past Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, a 32nd-seeded Lisicki drill Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-4, 6-0, former French Open champ Svetlana Kuznetsova come back to best Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 1-6, 6-2, 6-2, and 19-year-old Puerto Rican Monica Puig drive out 18-year-old American Madison Keys 6-4, 7-6 (7-2). The Russian veteran Kuznetsova titled here in 2009 and was the Roland Garros runner-up in 2006. In other opening-round play involving seeds, No. 12 Maria Kirilenko of Russia rolled past fellow countrywoman Nina Bratchikova 6-0, 6-1, in-form Estonian Kaia Kanepi took out No. 23 Czech Klara Zakopalova 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, and American Jamie Hampton doused No. 25 Czech Lucie Safarova 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 9-7. Kanepi has now won six straight matches, including her clay-court title last week in Brussels. Hampton was one of 10 American women to win first-round matches this week. Additional opening-round wins came for the aforementioned Beck, Swiss Stefanie Voegele, Aussie Ashleigh Barty, last weeks Brussels runner-up Peng Shuai of China, and Slovak Anna Schmiedlova. The second round is scheduled to conclude on Thursday, including matches for the second-seeded and defending champion Sharapova and Azarenka. The former world No. 1 Sharapova will battle rising Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, while Azarenka will meet Beck. Thursdays schedule will also feature sixth-seeded Aussie Open runner-up and former French Open champion Li Na, Kvitova, ninth-seeded former U.S. Open champion and former French Open finalist Sam Stosur, and 17th-seeded American Sloane Stephens. Li will tangle with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, while Stephens will be opposed by compatriot Vania King. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 


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