The Hawkeyes will be rebuilding this year, but still get to seven wins. Photo courtesy of Mark Boomgaard.

 

Spartan Nation 2011 Big Ten Football Scouting Report:  Iowa Hawkeyes

Biggest Game:  November 12, 2011, hosting Michigan State

Predicted record:  7-5 (3-5)

Projected Big Ten Standing:  4th in the Big Ten Legends Division      

Returning Starters:  9      OFFENSE:  5     DEFENSE:  4      Lettermen return:  38    

Head Coach:  Kirk Ferentz 13th Season at Iowa     Lifetime:  89-60

Top Assistant:  OC Ken O’Keefe

Kirk Ferentz is a genius when it comes to coaching football.  He wins games and has his team overachieve just because he is on the field.  2011 will be a tough season for the Hawks that lost a lot of talent.

They will still be bowl eligible, but it won’t be a Big Ten title year or close to it in 2011.  You can never count out the Hawkeyes because of the entire coaching staff, but you can’t ask them to perform miracles.  With this team’s lack of experience it won’t be the season they expect in Iowa City.  How many other programs would gladly take a seven or eight win season as a rebuilding project?

Ferentz runs a program very similar in many ways to how Dantonio does it.  He has restored Hawk Nation pride.  There will be a battle at QB and that will be fun to watch.  Overall, this is a solid program with a big lack of experience.  The ability of the coaching staff will get them to seven and possibly eight wins.

September 3 Tennessee Tech Win

September 10 @Iowa State Win

September 17 Pittsburgh Win

September 25 ULM Win

October 8 @Penn State Loss

October 15 Northwestern Loss

October 22 Indiana Win

October 29 @Minnesota Win

November 5 Michigan Win

November 12 Michigan State Loss

November 19 @Purdue Loss

November 25 @Nebraska Loss