What's up Tigers? I thought I would drop in and see if I could get an "inside feel" for the LSU team Iowa will be playing. Firstly, in browsing the board, I read "HawkEye" in a post. The Hawkeyes (one word) have nothing to do with either Hawks or eyes of birds. Hawkeyes come originally from the JF Cooper novel Last of the Mohicans and that book's main character. The early settlers in Iowa were frontiersmen and because of their manerisms and appearances, became known as "Hawkeyes" by the rest of the country. When the state school was founded the first school president liked the book so much they decided to use that term as the mascot. "Herky", the bird-mascot which you will see running around our side-lines, came into the picture later and is a by-product of fans shortening Hawkeyes into Hawks. The bird image remains (like the Tiger-Hawk on the helmets) but again, Hawkeyes originally had nothing to do with birds. I have to say that I am stoked about playing LSU because of the prestige etc... AND because I would take Saban or Ferentz over any other coach in the country. The side-line duel should be a fun side-bar to watch! The Hawks have been decimated at running back (lost our first 4 deep to injury, 3 with ACL's) but have managed to win 9 behind Drew Tate's magic and a tough defense. Marcus Simmons will be back for the bowl game, so he should help us on the ground, but Iowa has never been able to run that effectively all season, so we'll see. I would like to know about the Tigers. We really haven't gotten much news about them up here in the heartland since that Oregon St. game early on. They just sorta' flash your score (7 wins in a row, congrats) and move on to talk about Auburn. Let me know! I'm looking forward to what I believe will be a very interesting game! Hope the history lesson didn't bore anyone.