It's game day in Arizona, but it won't start the same way as a usual game day for one of the two coaches in the Insight Bowl. Learn more in today's Hawkeye 10@10, your daily dose of Iowa football news and notes.
Here is today's Hawkeye 10@10:
1. One way or another, Brad Rogers figures to be a factor in the Hawkeyes' running game tonight.
Iowa's starting fullback has provided a consistent blocker and given quarterback James Vandenberg solid protection since returning to the field in early October, but he may get a chance to carry the ball more frequently as the game develops.
Given the health situation Rogers dealt with a year ago - a heart problem that kept him off the field for 10 months - teammates are excited to see what the sophomore can do.
"He's dealt with so much,'' offensive lineman Adam Gettis said. "It was a long road back for him and to have a chance now, it energizes all of us. Hopefully he has a great game and up front, we're going to do whatever we can to help make that happen.''
2. Oklahoma punter Tress Way averages 41.2 yards per attempt this season. It's the lowest total of his three seasons as a starter, but he has nearly doubled the number of punts he has placed inside the 20-yard line from his previous two seasons.
Way is enjoying the Arizona air as he prepares for Iowa.
"There's like no wind here,'' Way said. "I'm in heaven.''
3. Iowa's James Morris and Christian Kirksey have traded the team lead in tackles throughout much of the season.
Entering the Insight Bowl, Morris has collected a team-leading 105 tackles this season, two more than Kirksey has managed but with one less game played, Kirksey's average of 8.6 stops per game leads Iowa and ranks seventh in the Big Ten.
"It's been a pretty friendly competition,'' Kirksey said. "It's all good. We're pushing each and that just helps the team.''
4. Carol Stoops, the wife of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, wasn't allowed to partake in one game-day tradition in the Stoops household today.
The Cresco, Iowa, native has a tradition of supporting her in-state school.
"Every Saturday, my wife starts the day off by yelling in the house to the kids, ‘Go Hawks!' There will not be any yelling of that here this Friday,'' the Sooners' coach said.
5. Iowa enters tonight's game with a passion for big plays.
The Hawkeyes have collected 20 or more yards on 45 pass plays, eight rushes, three interception returns, 26 kickoff returns and one punt return this season.
Iowa opponents have 31 pass plays, eight rushes, two interception returns, 31 kickoff returns, two punt returns and one fumble return of 20 yards or more.
6. Both Iowa and Oklahoma were visited this week by players who currently play for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.
Defensive back Sean Considine attended a Hawkeye practice on Tuesday in Scottsdale, while the Sooners were visited by receiver Larry Fitzgerald on Wednesday as they practiced in Tempe.
Oklahoma receiver Kenny Stills tweeted that Fitzgerald talked to the team, speaking about his "Faith Focus Finish'' beliefs.
7. The Hawkeyes have averaged 5.7 yards on first-down plays this season, 6.5 yards on second-down plays and 4.4 yards on third-down plays.
8. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said his team's focus has been good throughout its bowl preparations.
"They've done really well. I mean that,'' he said. "They've done what we've asked them to do.''
9. Iowa's average scoring drive this season has lasted 7.8 plays, covered 59.5 yards and used 3 minutes, 33 seconds off the clock.
The Hawkeyes have had 11 scoring drives of 80 yards or more and totaled 52 drives that resulted in points.
Opponents have had 45 scoring drives, averaging 9.5 plays, 60.1 yards and 3:57 in elapsed time.
10. It will be one of the warmest tailgates of the year for Hawkeye fans today in the parking lots around Sun Devil Stadium.
The forecast calls for a high of 73 degrees under sunny skies, with temperatures expected to be around 60 degrees for the game's 8 p.m. (MST) kickoff.