Ferentz: Hawkeyes to Face ‘Sleeping Giant’: Daily Iowan Reader, August 29

Also inside: IC schools tout 'Brain Breaks', Obama talks student loans in Ames, and patrons line the streets for Panchero's $1 Burrito Day.

Ferentz: Hawkeyes set to face ‘a sleeping giant’

It isn’t Alabama. It isn’t Boise State.

The Hawkeyes did not schedule a powerhouse opponent to open their nonconference schedule this season, as did some of their Big Ten counterparts. But Northern Illinois, says head coach Kirk Ferentz, is closer than the Hawkeye Nation might think.

“I always felt it was a sleeping-giant-type program, if you will,” Ferentz said on Tuesday.

The Huskies have won nine-straight games. They won the Mid-American Conference last season, and they won the GoDaddy.com bowl in January. A swarming defense recorded 6 interceptions in the final two games of last season and returns eight of 11 starters.

“They’re very talented, they’re well-coached, and they’ve got some experience,” Hawkeye quarterback James Vandenberg said. “You’ve got to play well to beat them. They don’t give up a lot of big stuff, and they play their defense.”

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Iowa City students utilize ‘Brain Breaks’

Iowa City School District students use Brain Breaks — short bursts of physical activity — to help students refocus on a lesson.

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UI student website connects community to local business

Seedlauncher.com allows the Iowa City community to invest in local small businesses.

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Obama in Ames: Platform leans on students, not tax cuts

President Obama addressed approximately 6,000 students and community members at Iowa State University’s central campus yesterday.

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Dollar burritos mark Panchero's 20th anniversary

Hundreds of University of Iowa students stood on Clinton Street Monday to get free merchandise and $1 burritos at Panchero's Mexican Grill.

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Hawkeye Football Position Previews: Tight Ends

Iowa will have a bevy of talented options at tight end this season, and Greg Davis plans to utilize it.


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Editorial: Moving beyond ‘you didn’t build that’


Romney’s fantastical PR campaign has deprived the public of a crucial policy debate about the relationship between small business and the government, an issue on which President Obama is weak.

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