Spartan Nation 2011 Big Ten Football Scouting Report:Â Iowa Hawkeyes
Biggest Game:Â November 12, 2011, hosting Michigan State
Predicted record:Â 7-5 (3-5)
Projected Big Ten Standing:Â 4th in the Big Ten Legends DivisionÂ Â Â Â Â
Returning Starters:Â 9Â Â Â Â Â OFFENSE:Â 5Â Â Â Â DEFENSE:Â Â 4Â Â Â Â Â Lettermen return:Â 38 Â Â
Head Coach:Â Kirk Ferentz 13th Season at IowaÂ Â Â Â Lifetime:Â 89-60
Top Assistant:Â OC Ken Oâ€™Keefe
Kirk Ferentz is a genius when it comes to coaching football.Â He wins games and has his team overachieve just because he is on the field.Â 2011 will be a tough season for the Hawks that lost a lot of talent.
They will still be bowl eligible, but it wonâ€™t be a Big Ten title year or close to it in 2011.Â You can never count out the Hawkeyes because of the entire coaching staff, but you canâ€™t ask them to perform miracles.Â With this teamâ€™s lack of experience it wonâ€™t be the season they expect in Iowa City.Â 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.Â He has restored Hawk Nation pride.Â There will be a battle at QB and that will be fun to watch.Â Overall, this is a solid program with a big lack of experience.Â 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