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Iowa takes down Purdue, earns first B1G title game berth

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Mission One, accomplished.

Coming into today’s game against Purdue at snowy Kinnick Stadium, No. 5 Iowa need either a win or a Wisconsin loss to claim a spot in its first-ever conference championship game.  Not wanting to rely on somebody else to do their work for them, the Hawkeyes jumped out to a 20-0 lead early but, because of a second-quarter lapse, had to fend off the feisty Boilermakers before pulling away for a 40-20 win.

With the win, Iowa claimed at least a share of its division title since the Big Ten went to that format for the 2011 season and will represent the West in the league title game against the winner of the East.  That game, with potential opponents Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan, will also very likely serve as a play-in game for a berth in the College Football Playoff.

In what is fast becoming a historic season in Iowa City, the Hawkeyes are 11-0 for the first time in school history, just as they were 10-0 for the first time ever the week before.  The current 11-game winning streak ties for the longest in school history, and a significant reason behind that sustained success is the steady play of quarterback C.J. Beathard.

Saddled with the ofttimes-derisive tag of “game manager,” the junior has managed to win his first 12 starts, the first Hawkeye signal caller to accomplish that feat.  In the win over the Boilermakers, Beathard was his normal efficient self as he completed 60 percent of his 20 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns.  Beathard didn’t throw an interception, the eighth game this season in which he’s been pick-less.  All told, Beathard has thrown just three interceptions in 267 attempts this season.

Purdue, though, actually outgained Iowa 403-387.  The Boilermakers, however, were doomed by, in part, converting just four of their 18 third downs.

The lone obstacle standing between Iowa and the first perfect regular season in school history is a road trip to Lincoln in Week 13 ta take on Nebraska.  The biggest question coming out of the game, aside from their kicker missing a pair of extra points, is how much, if at all, the playoff committee will hold their mid-game lapse against the Hawkeyes.  The guess here is not at all, but it’ll be something to watch for when the next set of rankings are released Tuesday.

Former Ole Miss DB, Nebraska LB Breon Dixon headed to JuCo

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Breon Dixon has yet to really make a mark in college football, but his closet has become well stocked. A 4-star prospect out of Suwanee, Ga., Dixon signed with Ole Miss and enrolled in January of 2017, but left quickly thereafter.

Given a waiver to play immediately as part of the Hugh Freeze explosion, Dixon was enrolled at Nebraska within 365 days of originally enrolling at Ole Miss. He appeared in four games on special teams for the Huskers this season, but by this spring he was no longer a Cornhusker, either.

In May, the Omaha World-Herald contacted Iowa Western Community College head coach Scott Strohmeier, who said Dixon would become a Reiver. Now, Dixon has confirmed that himself.

He is expected to enroll in classes in July and compete for IWCC this fall, with the expectation he’ll look for another four-year university in the winter. Strohmeier told the World-Herald he didn’t expect Dixon to re-enroll at Nebraska, meaning the player could be looking for a fourth school in as many years come 2020.

Ex-Arizona State, Ohio State DE Darius Slade now enrolled at USF

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It appears Darius Slade has found himself yet another college football home.

In early February, it was confirmed that Slade had taken the first step in moving on from Arizona State by placing his name into the NCAA transfer database. A little over four months later, it’s now being reported that the defensive end is enrolled at South Florida.

For what it’s worth, a USF official declined to confirm Slade’s addition to the roster and the lineman isn’t yet listed on the football program’s online roster.

Slade, who originally began his collegiate career at Ohio State before transferring and landing at ASU prior to the start of the 2017 season, played in 10 games in 2018 after sitting out the previous year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

As a graduate transfer, Slade would be eligible to play for the Bulls immediately in 2019.

Louisville adds Marshall’s leading sacker as grad transfer

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On the same day we noted an addition to Marshall’s roster, there’s been a development regarding one of the football program’s personnel subtractions earlier this offseason.

Utilizing his personal Twitter account, Ty Tyler (pictured, No. 1) announced that he is “honored and overwhelmed to announce I am committed to [the] University of Louisville.” Earlier this offseason, the defensive lineman opted to enter his name into the NCAA transfer database after four years with the Thundering Herd.

As Tyler will be coming to the Cardinals as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately for the school in 2019. The upcoming season will serve as the lineman’s final year of eligibility.

This past season, Tyler led the Thundering Herd with eight sacks and tied for second on the team with nine tackles for loss. He leaves Huntington having been credited with 15.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 35 career games, 20 of which were starts.

Younger brother of Clemson DB Tanner Muse transfers to South Carolina

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For at least one family, the 2019 edition of the Palmetto Bowl will serve up a little sibling-rivalry side dish as part of the annual in-state grudge match.

Over the weekend, Nick Muse announced on his personal Twitter account that he has decided to transfer into the South Carolina football program. The tight end comes to USC after two seasons at FCS William & Mary.

Muse is the younger brother of Tanner Muse, a fifth-year senior defensive back at Clemson.

247Sports.com writes that, “[b]ecause of the circumstances behind his decision to change schools, Muse is working to gain eligibility to play at South Carolina in 2019.” If a waiver isn’t approved, Muse would take a redshirt for the upcoming season, leaving him with two years of eligibility after that.

According to the Charleston Post & Courier, “Muse won’t arrive [in Columbia] until August so his scholarship will count on the 2020 class.”

Prior to committing to South Carolina, Muse had also considered East Carolina, NC State and LSU. The Belmont, NC, native took visits to the former two schools while he was set to make a trek to the latter before opting for the Gamecocks.

This past season, Muse’s 30 receptions and 453 receiving yards were second on the Tribe. His 15.1 yards per catch were tied for second on the team.