Iowa Hawkeyes 2010 College Football Predictions – BCS Odds 2011: Kirk Ferentz has had his system in place and recruited his type of players for enough years, and produced on the field well enough, that Iowa backers can expect to be among the elite football programs in the BIG TEN Conference year in and year out. Last year (2009) Iowa was on its way to a conference championship but injuries took their toll and the Hawkeyes ended up losing two league games for a 10-2 record. Still, that was good enough to get a BCS bid to the Orange Bowl where they defeated ACC champions, Georgia Tech 24-14.
In spite of losing 11 starters from 2009, the Hawkeyes are ranked in all preseason polls anywhere from fourth to 14th, and are a solid No. 2 in the BIG TEN behind Ohio State. Of course these are just predictions since, not a down has been played of the 2010 season.
While the Hawkeyes return the bulk of their offensive skill players, QB Ricky Stanzi and RB Adam Robinson, and WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, its the offensive line that will need some attention after losing the bulk of the unit, including OT Bryan Bulaga who jumped ship for the NFL. The Hawkeyes should have no trouble rebuilding the line around returning players Riley Reiff and Julian Vandervelde.
Those who follow Iowa football know that its defense is the teams bread and butter. While the offense has a few holes to fill, the defense will be solid enough to keep the Hawkeyes in the BIG TEN chase if not the BCS. The defense only lost three starters but returns eight for a great nucleus. Seniors Adrian Clayborn (DE) and Ryan Donahue (P) along with junior Tyler Sash (DB) are 2010 all-America candidates. Both Clayborn and Sash received all-America recognition last year.
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