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Thanks for posting these, fuisu.
So, Yarina & Tom Dienhart BOTH pick Iowa not making a Bowl game in 2013.
And your local Iowa analyst, Skyhawk52 picks Iowa to make a Bowl in 2013.
We'll see in December who's correct.......but, I'm going with yes, IOWA will be bowling this year.
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
Regarding the BTN predictions, they both make valid points regarding the holes on the roster and the more difficult schedule in 2013. As of now, I think Iowa finds a way to get to six wins, but that's definitely not a given.
And with the talent and depth at running back and tight end, Iowa really does have a lot of options from a personnel standpoint to create favorable mismatches against the defense. Of course, with an inexperienced quarterback, there may be a limit to how often Iowa can go no-huddle without committing too many presnap errors.
To win at least 6 and go bowling, Iowa's going to need a) seniors to step up, assert themselves and lead (Weisman, Fiedorowicz, Van Sloten, Morris, Hitchens, Kirksey, Alvis, Lowery, Miller)--it's now or never, b) some young players to really step up and overachieve, c) coaches who coach to win and not to lose, and d) get some lucky breaks.
There's talent on Iowa's roster. I'm just not sure it's confident talent.
I'm optimistic - but the key is a QB stepping in and playing well - hopefully we will see one stand out Saturday! Weisman is primed to be elite this year with a solid line in front of him and a great group of tight ends! He is a junior - so a lot more to come from him!
I'm hopeful that the D line is ready to play like the Hawkeye lines of old- sure have some talent - but it has been brutal not being able to get to the QB the past few years!
Looking forward to hearing how Saturday's scrimmage turns out! Go Hawks!
Good stuff here. Out of those players you mentioned, I think Alvis and Miller are the biggest keys. Everyone on that list needs to keep getting better and provide leadership this fall, but Alvis and Miller both have a chance to turn a weakness of Iowa's defense into a strength.
Quarterback play will definitely be important. I think one major factor in that will be the pass protection. That has to be much better this year in order for Iowa's offense to improve, especially with an inexperienced guy taking snaps this season.
Weisman is not a senior
The OLine should be improved - last years PSU game took a toll on the line - barring major injuries like fhat - by all looks this coming year the OL should be a strength!
Some 'sensitive' poster took O-fence to my bold post above, where
I asserted that Iowa will make a Bowl game in 2013.
Beginnin to think someone don't 'yike' me on VOTH.
However, that's my story and I'll see you at the Hawkeye bowl game in late December.
I've got a gut feeling that we will see at least 6 wins this season. There's an air of determination over the program right now, and that will probably translate to the field. The coaches are fed up and the players are fed up. That being said, we'll have to see if they can do it against a more difficult schedule. Also, playing with a high degree of emotion is hard to sustain over the course of a season.
The keys will be QB play and 3rd-down conversions, both offensively and defensively. I don't think the new QB has to play lights out, but he must show an ability to manage the game and be smart with the ball. We should not ask him to win games, but he needs to not lose games. Converting 3rd-downs will be key for sustaining drives and obviously scoring, and for allowing our defense to rest.
I don't know where you would find the statistic, but I would be interested in seeing where the Iowa defense ranked in the FBS in regards to 3rd and 5 yards or better to go. We had to be near the bottom. That absolutely must improve if we are to see progress. This defense is not deep enough or talented enough to stay on the field all day long. Obviously, lack of pass rush has a lot to do with that, but coverage was soft as well, especially in the flat.
This season is the kind of scenario where Kirk usually rises up and surprises everybody. Hopefully, he still has some of that magic left.
I am torn on what to think, I think we have the talent,need a q.b to be at least serviceable and a de to emerge. I think our line will help us greatly on Offense. I still see us improving on 4 and 8. The team is very motivated and I think that is when Iowa plays its best ball.
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
Completely agree with you - Iowa's issues defensively with getting off the field on third and long were very troubling. While the coverage wasn't always perfect, I think the main reason for those issues was the total lack of a passrush.
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