Of course, if we stuff you guys it will just be that you weren't motivated and didn't come to play. What a load of crap.
Maybe. Maybe not. Seems you are still discounting (or even dismissing) the motivation factor. I do not. It still remains, IMO, a huge factor in any game. Let us look outside of Iowa and LSU games:
Think the Iron Bowl with Alabama vs. Auburn where Auburn scored to tie the game at 21 with almost no time left in the game. You probably saw that as Auburn was just as talented as Alabama (or other) and deserved to go on the game-tying drive at the very end. Not trying to speak for you, but that's my opinion of your perspective. That doesn't mean that's a bad take, BrewHawk, it's just different than my take. BrewHawk - great posting. Fellow Hawkeyes - great posts.
My take was that Auburn had a "never-say-die" motivation factor that they brought into play with players and coaches. No way should Auburn have even been (again, on paper) in this game at the end with Alabama. Auburn only won 3 games the previous year. Auburn was supposed to be "lucky" - not even remotely as good as the Alabama crew. Alabama was a double digit favorite. Yet, there they were all tied up at the end of the game. Fine, Saban made a tactical error by not attempting a FG earlier to possibly put Alabama up by 2 scores. However, Auburn would have still been in the game at the very end (losing by 3 points maybe). That's right, I will not even address the 109 yd. return for an Auburn win.
I suppose there are other views/explanations for this above example game as to why Auburn had this game tied at the end (other than motivation). Execution, minimizing mistakes, smart decision making abilities, great play calls, superior talent performing as posited, timing and other. Yet, to me, most or all of those required a ying-yang "I can kick your arse all game long" factor. To me, that is not only confidence but also motivation. See my Signature...
Week after week during the season I have seen many, many games where the "favored" team got their collective arse kicked up and down the field. Right away in the 1st Q... Usually resulted in a paper loss for me in my College Pick'em contest (haha). Did national perspective miss the mark? Probably not. Something else is in play, IMO.
I just don't believe that every game features 2 teams that bring the same level of play (after play) competitive spirit (which I choose to call motivation) to the party.
I hope Iowa brings it. I hope LSU brings it. It won't take me long to see if LSU "shows up".
I could tell almost immediately when LSU faced A&M. Our D line was immediately in the A&M backfield play after play. I so totally enjoyed the entire game. LSU also did that for 2 1/2 quarters vs. Alabama. LBs prospered during those times - of course. So did entire LSU def. backfield.
Iowa guys, I think many LSU posters (like me) are struggling to come up with more exact descriptions of "what about LSU" because of our missing 2013 starting QB Mett. We hope Jennings will step up to the plate big time. He certainly did on LSU's last drive vs. Arkansas. We just don't know. Hope so.
The profile of the LSU defense this year has been well covered by previous posters. My take is our front 7 history is such that we will give up big rushing yardage. Our corners are young but very talented, so they should blanket (if man) your receivers. Your TEs may present a problem. Still, LSU def. made A&M's giant receiver Mike Evans look bad all game. Why? Must have been the rain in Tiger Stadium.
I really like Delahoussaye's FG kicking. LSU punting is hit or miss. If he does well he totally beats national average. Our kickoff game is sound with Hairston - he usually sails it out of the end zone for a touchback. Our return teams may beat you (Iowa). They are very disciplined with OBJ returning.
Go Hawkeyes !