The 2008 Iowa football season is rapidly approaching, with the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon just 16 days away and Iowa's Media Day event slated for August 4th. The HN Staff has put forth their fearless Iowa football predictions for the 2008 season, and it's also time to see what you think we will see in 2008!
Rob Howe, Brian Finley and I have answered the following question, now it's time for HawkeyeNation.com Subscribers to ponder the same::
What do you think will be the outcome of the upcoming Iowa football season?What will Iowa's regular season record be?What bowl game will Iowa play in, if at all?
Here is how we called it, from last month's 2008 Iowa Football Preview Issue of HawkeyeNation.com:
Analysis: A move back to .500 in the league would be a positive step for the Hawkeyes. You could say that they should do that with Michigan and Ohio State being off of the schedule, but Iowa probably would trade a few of the teams on their lineup for a shot at the rebuilding Wolverines.
As we've talked about at Hawkenation.com and elsewhere in this magazine, it's going to boil down to the Hawkeyes playing much better on offense and being able to make up for some tough loses on defense.
I have Iowa winning one conference game on the road (Minnesota) and losing one at home (PennState). I could see those being reversed, but it would still leave the same end result.
Projected Losses:Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Penn State, Minnesota
Record:8-4 overall, 5-3 Big Ten
Bowl Projection:Champs Sports Bowl
Analysis:I went into my game by game predictions for Iowa's season this year expecting to pick them 7-5 and to go to the Insight Bowl.But as I went through each contest, looking at what Iowa's opponents have coming back, I found myself growing much more optimistic.There are some games I will get wrong, both to the good and bad.However, I don't think any of Iowa's opponents is unbeatable.The bad part of that is that all but two of Iowa's opponents have the ability to beat Iowa.Another year to keep the TUMS handy.
Analysis: If Iowa were playing any other schedule this year, they'd be in a world of trouble, but with three perfectly winnable games prior to a toss-up at Pittsburgh, Iowa could go undefeated in non-conference for only the third time in the Kirk Ferentz era.
Nothing on the field suggests Iowa should beat Illinois at Illinois, but that didn't stop the Hawks last year.If Iowa's offensive line can settle in by game 2 or 3, things should bode well for the boys in black and gold.If an injury forces early shuffling, buckle up.
So we have called our shots, time for you to call yours.If you can, please use the same format that we have used so that it will be easier to read and collect.I will be compiling this data for an overview/analysis the week leading up to Iowa's first game, and we will be able to dig this back out come the end of the year to see how each of us fared.
I know there are many of you that are lurkers on the boards; now is your time to weigh in and become a prognosticator extraordinaire.
So step right up, come one and come all; let's see what you have to say about the upcoming football season!