1. College Football News Preview 2020: Iowa Hawkeyes Win Total Prediction, What Will Happen
CFN in 60 Video: Iowa Hawkeyes Preview
No current college football coach has been with his school longer than Kirk Ferentz, who took over in 1999 and went 4-19 in his first two seasons.
He has had just two losing campaigns in his last 19, and has the program on a run five straight seasons with eight wins or more, but he hasn’t won a Big Ten title since 2004.
This year’s team needs to break in a new starting quarterback, has to figure out how to score more points, and has to replace a whole slew of key parts from a killer defensive front seven.
Ferentz has turned Iowa into enough of a machine that filling in the parts shouldn’t be a problem, and at least eight wins is a given going into the year, but …
None of that mattered in early June as the on-field side of things became irrelevant.
The charges by several former players of racial discrimination within the program took over the spotlight, leading to the parting of ways with longtime star strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle. Ferentz and the entire program are attempting to make a whole slew of changes in the way things are run, and that will likely be how this season is measured.
And that’s the backdrop for a team that has a whole bunch of things to figure out on the field, too.
Set The Iowa Hawkeyes Regular Season Win Total At … 7.5
Can the Hawkeyes win their road dates?
Here’s the plus side. Wisconsin, Nebraska, and what should be a much-improved Northwestern team have to come to Iowa City. It helps to not have to deal with Michigan from the East, however …
Missing Maryland and Rutgers from the other division hurts, and then there’s this issue – at Ohio State, at Penn State, in back-to-back weeks.
Going to Minnesota won’t be a breeze, either. Out of those three road games, if Iowa can pull off two wins, it’ll likely have the shot at winning the Big Ten West when the Badgers come to town at the end of the regular season.
But Buckeyes, Nittany Lions, Badgers and Gophers won’t going to be Ferentz’s biggest concern compared to making sure all of his Hawkeyes are fine.