Iowa Football Fans Have High Expectations

<P>With back to back top 10 rankings, expectations among the Iowa faithful are flying as high as they ever have. In preparing for the <I>Hawkeye Nation</I> Fall Football Preview edition of our magazine, I asked the readers of the website to submit their predictions on the upcoming 2004 football season. We are going to tabulate all of the submissions for a piece in the magazine. Here is an early look at the voting...

With back to back top 10 rankings, expectations among the Iowa faithful are flying as high as they ever have.

In preparing for the Hawkeye Nation Fall Football Preview edition of our magazine, I asked the readers of the website to submit their predictions on the upcoming 2004 football season. We are going to tabulate all of the submissions for a piece in the magazine.

The criteria we are asking for is as follows:

1) Predict the Big Ten conference standings 1-11.
2) Predict Iowa's win-loss record.
3) Predict the bowl game you feel Iowa will play in.
4) Predict the offensive and defensive MVP for Iowa.
5) Predict the teams that you feel Iowa's losses will come to.

We are still accepting your predictions, and all that we ask is that you make sure you rank all 11 conference teams, that you name the bowl you think Iowa will play in and that you only select ONE offensive and defensive MVP.

To take part, email Jon Miller at jdmiller71@yahoo.com or click on the following link and post your answers on the message boards: CLICK HERE

If you choose to send an email be sure that you include ONLY THE FOLLOWING WORD in the subject line of your email: PREDICTIONS

NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS.

Here is a sampling of how the process has gone thus far. I have not included all of the results, but this is a pretty good cross section:

BIG TEN PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

  1. Michigan
  2. IOWA
  3. Ohio State
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Minnesota
  6. Purdue
  7. Penn State
  8. Michigan State
  9. Northwestern
  10. Indiana
  11. Illinois

Iowa's fans have the W-L record at 9.46-1.53, with the Capitol One Bowl being the most common prediction at this time, with the Rose next. The Rose Bowl goes to the Big Ten Champion, and the Capitol One Bowl gets the second pick of Big Ten teams that do not qualify for a BCS bid.

Jermelle Lewis is nearly a unanimous choice as Iowa's offensive MVP, while Matt Roth leads the way on the defensive side, with Abdul Hodge close behind.

Iowa's road game at Michigan is the most common ‘loss' as the fans see it to this point, with Iowa's road game at Arizona State being the next ‘most popular'.

We would love to have as much participation as possible, so feel free to email me your predictions or post them online.


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