After a day off from practice Saturday, the Iowa Hawkeyes held their thirdFlorida practice in Miami Sunday. The two head coaches also held their firstformal Orange Bowl news conference Sunday at media headquarters in MiamiBeach. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says things are starting to intensify as thegame gets closer. Ferentz says his team isn’t ready yet, and isn’t sharpenough. Ferentz “somewhat” agrees with the idea that this will be a match upof Iowa’s Big 10 brawn against the Trojans Pac-10 speed. He says trying toplan for that speed is one of the biggest problems in practice. One thingthe team hasn’t had to worry about is poor weather. Ferentz says that’swelcome after Iowa’s last trip for a Florida bowl game when he was anassistant coach and the Hawkeyes lost in the Gator Bowl to Florida.USC coach Pete Carroll says the team has responded well in its first fewpractices. He says this is an “action-packed week” but it seems like thegame is still a long ways away. Carroll says Iowa’s kicking game is onearea that statistically beats his team in every catergory. He says they’veput some extra time in with their two young kickers to try and help thatsituation. Traditionally, the Big Ten is perceived as a league that playspower football while the Pac-Ten is considered a speed league. Carroll saysit’ll be a classic confrontation, because Iowa is so strong upfront. It wasn’t all work though on Sunday. The players from both teams had a beach partyat nearby Fort Lauderdale beach after their practices.
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