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“Hawk Central Hour” airs between 6-7 p.m. on 1460 KXnO-AM on Wednesdays and will feature Des Moines Register Hawkeyes columnist Chad Leistikow and beat writer Kennington Smith as regulars, paired with Ross Peterson, who co-hosts “Sports Fanatics.”

“Hawk Central Hour” airs between 6-7 p.m. on 1460 KXnO-AM on Wednesdays and will feature Des Moines Register Hawkeyes columnist Chad Leistikow and beat writer Kennington Smith as regulars, paired with Ross Peterson, who co-hosts “Sports Fanatics.”

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“Hawk Central Hour” airs between 6-7 p.m. on 1460 KXnO-AM on Wednesdays and will feature Des Moines Register Hawkeyes columnist Chad Leistikow and beat writer Kennington Smith as regulars, paired with Ross Peterson, who co-hosts “Sports Fanatics.”

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Episodes

Will it be the Joe Labas or Carson May show for Iowa football in the Music City Bowl?

12/4/2022
Before the Cade McNamara era begins next fall, Iowa football must first get through the Music City Bowl against Kentucky with a murky quarterback situation at best. With Kirk Ferentz revealing that Spencer Petras underwent season-ending surgery and Alex Padilla set to enter the transfer portal, the Hawkeyes will turn to either Joe Labas or Carson May on New Year's Eve. Neither has taken a snap for Iowa. What could go wrong? The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith dive into Iowa's...

Duration:00:29:43

Cade McNamara in, Arland Bruce IV out amid another eventful stretch for Iowa football

12/2/2022
The Cade McNamara rumors turned to reality Thursday night for Iowa football, as the Hawkeyes made about as big a splash possible in the quarterback transfer market. Scooping up the man who led Michigan to a Big Ten title and College Football Playoff spot last season renews some offensive hope Iowa desperately needed. The Hawkeyes did lose Arland Bruce IV Friday morning, shrinking the wide receiver room even more, but could more help be on the way? The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington...

Duration:00:42:53

Dissecting Keagan Johnson's transfer and how Iowa football will handle the portal

12/1/2022
After a dismal year offensively, Iowa football had to know it was going to lose some players to the transfer portal. After quarterback Alex Padilla announced his departure earlier this week, wide receiver Keagan Johnson announced the same Thursday afternoon. Who might be next to leave? And what can the Hawkeyes do themselves in the portal? The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith talk transfer portal, as well as the latest on Kadyn Proctor's recruitment and if quarterback Joey...

Duration:00:39:18

Hawk Central: Analyzing Iowa's QB options for bowl game, 5 big hoops questions

11/30/2022
Tuesday's news of Iowa second-string quarterback Alex Padilla entering the NCAA transfer portal puts some unexpected wheels in motion. Will Spencer Petras be able to start? Or is it Joe Labas time? The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith also discuss the quarterback position as a whole, what would be the best bowl-game approach, bowl scenarios, all-Big Ten and five big questions on Iowa men's and women's basketball.

Duration:00:48:30

Wrapping up Iowa football's loss to Nebraska and dissecting an important offseason ahead

11/29/2022
With one final look at Iowa football's Black Friday loss to Nebraska, it's even more apparent how crucial this upcoming offseason is for the Hawkeyes. Will there be adjustments on the coaching staff? It's clear Iowa needs to make a move at quarterback — hello, Cade McNamara? — but how much will Iowa embrace the transfer portal? And how much will the Big Ten West's splashy coaching hires of Matt Rhule and Luke Fickell expedite urgency? The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith dive...

Duration:00:35:25

Iowa football's roller coaster regular season ends with rough loss to Nebraska

11/25/2022
All the Hawkeyes had to do was beat lowly Nebraska at home to clinch the Big Ten West. It didn't happen. Spencer Petras got hurt. More importantly, Cooper DeJean got hurt. And the Cornhuskers took advantage of both. With the season-long criticism fired back up, the Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith dissect what this loss means for the Hawkeyes' offseason.

Duration:00:26:31

Hawk Central: One win from Indy; the Iowa-Nebraska preview episode

11/23/2022
Down to the wire of the regular season (boy that went fast, didn't it?), the Hawkeyes football team can taste a second straight Big Ten West Division crown. But it'll take a win against Nebraska on Friday to get it done. What would a win mean for Iowa football? How scary is this matchup? The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith boil down "Five Big Questions" and offer their predictions.

Duration:00:49:10

With a B1G division title at stake, how does Iowa football succeed with no Sam LaPorta?

11/22/2022
The one bit of bad news from Saturday's Iowa football win at Minnesota was Sam LaPorta suffering a leg injury, which will keep him out of Friday's game against Nebraska. The veteran tight end is the Hawkeyes' most consistent offensive weapon, and not having him will leave a huge hole in Iowa's gameplan. Needing a win to clinch back-to-back Big Ten West division titles, how do the Hawkeyes overcome LaPorta's absence this week? The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith dive into...

Duration:00:33:02

Jack Campbell, Iowa defense save the day as Hawkeyes win 8th straight over Minnesota

11/19/2022
Even when playing winning football, it's not always pretty for the Hawkeyes. Saturday's 13-10 victory at Minnesota certainly qualifies. Jack Campbell's late heroics that led to two Golden Gophers turnovers saved the day just in time, which allows Iowa to control its own destiny in the Big Ten West. The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith break down an eventful afternoon in Minneapolis.

Duration:00:28:34

Kris Murray, Tony Perkins ignite Iowa basketball's solid road win over Seton Hall

11/16/2022
In a game that Vegas had as a pick 'em, Fran McCaffery's Hawkeyes shook off an early deficit and controlled things the rest of the way for a nice 83-67 road win over Seton Hall. Kris Murray tied a career-high with 29 points, while Tony Perkins looked like the best guard on the floor. The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith analyze what the win means and if it changes Iowa basketball's expectation in the non-conference.

Duration:00:25:36

Hawk Central: In-depth preview of Iowa vs. Minnesota with Big Ten West on the line

11/16/2022
In a podcast-only version of this week's Hawk Central radio show, Register columnist Chad Leistikow and reporter Kennington Smith sift through the key story lines of Saturday's massive showdown between Iowa and Minnesota. What's the key to stopping Mo Ibrahim? Where does Iowa have the biggest advantage? Those questions are answered, plus we offer our game predictions.

Duration:00:53:03

How concerned should Iowa football be following Kadyn Proctor's visit to Oregon?

11/15/2022
Amid Iowa football's three-game winning streak, concern has trickled throughout the Hawkeyes fan base once it was reported that five-star offensive lineman commit Kadyn Proctor visited Oregon this past weekend. The visit, which came just a few weeks before the early signing period, unsurprisingly resurfaced Kirk Ferentz's long-standing rule that committed prospects don't take visits to other schools. The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith dive into Ferentz's latest comments on...

Duration:00:33:07

Cooper DeJean, Iowa defense ignite important Big Ten victory over Wisconsin

11/12/2022
With the defense and special teams at the forefront of another Iowa football victory, the Hawkeyes climbed back into the Big Ten West race with a solid 24-10 over Wisconsin. Cooper DeJean is transforming into one of the conference's best defensive backs, and the Hawkeyes offense at least isn't wasting the golden opportunities gifted to them. The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith break it all down.

Duration:00:32:09

Hawk Central: Kelton Copeland's honest heat, Iowa-Wisconsin preview

11/9/2022
Back at it as the Hawkeyes look to win their third game in a row, but first Register duo Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith take a closer look at the jarring but true comments from Iowa wide receivers coach Kelton Copeland. Is he doing a long-term service to the program by saying Iowa has trouble recruiting receivers? Absolutely. Meantime, we take a closer look at Saturday's Iowa-Wisconsin matchup with Five Big Questions. A huge game at Kinnick.

Duration:00:48:56

Can Iowa football finally end its recent offensive woes against Wisconsin?

11/8/2022
Amid winning eight of the last 10 in this series, Wisconsin has saved some of its best defensive performances for Brian Ferentz and the Iowa offense. With the Hawkeyes' playmaking group as healthy as it's been — and some needed stability regained the previous two games — can Iowa stay in the Big Ten West race with a Badgers win? The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith break it all down.

Duration:00:33:09

A complete performance at Purdue gives Iowa football its best win of the season

11/5/2022
Kaleb Johnson ran wild. The Iowa defense stifled Purdue's passing attack all afternoon. Spencer Petras tossed a pair of touchdown passes. And the Hawkeyes made it back-to-back wins for the first time since late September with a convincing 24-3 victory over the Boilermakers. The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith dissect the win and what it means for Iowa the rest of the season.

Duration:00:34:08

Hawk Central: A chance for Iowa's best win of the season at Purdue

11/2/2022
Lukas Van Ness a first-round draft pick? What might Jeff Brohm have cooked up for the Boilers out of an idle week? How can the Hawkeyes finally get the best of Purdue? The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith have plenty of Hawkeye football topics to discuss as the season reaches November.

Duration:00:49:22

Who comes out ahead in the Charlie Jones vs. Iowa football reunion?

11/1/2022
Once Iowa football lost two wide receiver transfers to Purdue last offseason, the Hawkeyes' next trip to West Lafayette was always going to be an interesting one. Then Charlie Jones turned into the Big Ten's most productive pass catcher this season — and suddenly, Saturday's reunion is even more fascinating. Can Jones burn his old team? Or does the Iowa defense have something waiting for the former Hawkeye? The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith dissect that matchup, along with...

Duration:00:31:37

A breath of fresh air for Iowa football, but can the Hawkeyes make the improvement stick?

10/29/2022
Yes, it was Northwestern. But Iowa football, particularly the offense, needed any sort of positivity amid what's been a tough stretch. A complete victory over the Wildcats was the perfect remedy to end a three-game losing streak. The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith assess whether the Hawkeyes can make the improvement stick down the stretch.

Duration:00:32:53

Hawk Central: A get-well game for Hawkeyes against Northwestern?

10/26/2022
The Register's Chad Leistikow and Kennington Smith take a big-picture look at the final five games on Iowa's 2022 football schedule and wonder if the Hawkeyes can get to .500 and avoid their first losing season since 2012. We tackle "Five Big Questions" about Saturday's Northwestern matchup and agree on whether Iowa covers the 11-point spread.

Duration:00:47:56