IOWA Off – 7/4 Def – 8/3 48 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: LET’S GO BOWLING
After just missing a berth in the 2015 College Football Playoffs, the Hawkeyes ‘regressed’ to 8-5 last season. It marked the 14th bowl appearance in 18 seasons for the Hawkeyes under Kirk Ferentz. Unfortunately, Captain Kirk loses star QB C.J. Beathard – 20-5 SU as a starter during the regular season – to the NFL. However, SR RB Akrum Wadley, Iowa’s leading rusher with 1,081 yards and 10 TDs a year ago, returns. The best news, though, is that four starters from an offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award – given to the best OL in the nation – are back. With eight starters back on defense, Ferentz is well positioned to land another bowl berth in 2017.
STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Hawkeyes’ Kirk Ferentz shares the distinction (with OU’s Bob Stoops) of being the longest-tenured head coach in the nation.
PLAY ON: at Northwestern (10/21)
This season we present a Power Play Preview on each team from a Power 5 conference. These plays are extracted from the 2017 Playbook Football Preview Guide magazine.
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