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2012-13 Football Previews – (Big 10) – Iowa Hawkeyes

Kirk Ferentz is 96-66 in his 13 years at Iowa City. The Hawkeyes have had some special seasons, but sometimes this is a tough team to figure out. After a disappointing 8-5 year in 2010, the Hawkeyes only went 7-6 in 2011. Both years the team has finished at 4-4 in the Big Ten. Still, Iowa has had plenty of close calls in the past couple.

Big 10 Conference 2012-2013 College Football Previews: Iowa Hawkeyes
Head Coach: Kirk Ferentz
2011 Record: 7-6
Iowa Gambling Odds from JustBet to win BCS Championship: +9,000
Iowa Gambling Odds from JustBet to win Big 10 Conference: +1,000

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This is a team that isn’t too far away from another breakout season.

The 2011 Hawkeyes were as inconsistent as ever. A win over Michigan made the team look great, but a loss to lowly Minnesota was extremely confusing. Iowa changed things up a great deal in the offseason. Defensive coordinator Norm Parker retired and offensive coordinator Ken O’Keefe took a job with the Miami Dolphins. The schemes might look a little different on both sides of the ball in 2012 for the Hawkeyes.

Team Strengths:

James Morris and Christian Kirksey are two defensive leaders for the Hawkeyes at the linebacker position. Both of those guys finished the 2011 season with 110 tackles. Kirk Ferentz loves having leaders at the linebacker spots, and these guys fit the bill very well.

Micah Hyde is one of the best cornerbacks in the Big Ten. Hyde has scored two defensive touchdowns in his career, and he has extremely impressive footwork. He is the leader of a strong secondary. B.J. Lowery is a terrific cover corner, and he’ll start opposite of Hyde. Tanner Miller and Nico Law are solid physical safeties that should do a great job for the Hawkeyes.

Tight end is a position of strength for the Hawkeyes heading into 2012. C.J. Fiedorowicz has the potential to be a major matchup problem for the opposition because of his size and foot speed. Zach Derby is another solid tight end, and I expect Iowa to use double tight ends quite a bit this year.

Team Weaknesses:

The position that has been a glaring weakness for Iowa over the last few years is running back, and this year is no different. This team has tried all kinds of guys at tailback over the last few years, but they haven’t been able to get anyone to stick. Damon Bullock and De’Andre Johnson appear to have the top two spots on the depth chart, but they are completely unproven. This could be a major problem again in 2012.

The defensive line has been the team’s strength in recent years, but there are major concerns surrounding this unit in the year ahead. Only a couple starters are set, and the Hawkeyes have some real depth issues along the line. This defensive front might be bullied by some of the Big Ten offensive lines this season.

2012-2013 Iowa Hawkeyes Football Prediction: 8-5

The Hawkeyes start the season against Northern Illinois at Soldier Field in Chicago. After that one, Iowa will face Iowa State and Northern Iowa. Iowa’s first tough test of the season comes October 13th at Michigan State. The Hawkeyes got a great break inside the Big Ten this year as they’ll avoid both Wisconsin and Ohio State. Iowa is a good team, but I don’t think they have enough talent to be among the best in the Big Ten. Look for this team to get to eight wins thanks to an easier schedule in 2012.

2012 Iowa Schedule

9/1/12 3:30 PM ET @NOILL
9/8/12 3:30 PM ET IOWST
9/15/12 3:30 PM ET NIOWA
9/22/12 TBD CMICH
9/29/12 12:00 PM ET MINN
10/13/12 12:00 PM ET @MCHST
10/20/12 8:00 PM ET PENST
10/27/12 12:00 PM ET @NWEST
11/3/12 TBD @IND
11/10/12 TBD PURD
11/17/12 TBD @MICH
11/23/12 12:00 PM ET NEB

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