2013: 8-5 (5-3 Big Ten); lost Outback Bowl to LSU
Not much was expected out of Iowa last season. Then they came out a lost to Northern Illinois in the home opener. They didn’t look all that impressive in an okay win against non-major Missouri State the next week either. But they hung in there and got better as the season went on. Their most impressive wins came at the end of the season, at home vs Michigan and at Nebraska. They lost the Outback Bowl to LSU, but it was a successful year overall for sure. Jake Rudock impressed in his first season as quarterback. Mark Weisman (974 yards, 8 touchdowns) became one of the Big Ten’s more reliable running backs, and the receiving corps are so well-balanced that no one had more than 400 yards receiving. Which means that the departures of TE CJ Fiedorowicz and WR Don Shumpert should be easy to sustain. Make no mistake, though. Iowa does it with their defense. They were the ninth-best FBS scoring defense in 2013 and should continue to be Iowa’s calling card. Thanks to the Big Ten divisional realignment this year, the Hawkeyes avoid playing Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State this year. Look for them to capitalize on the soft schedule.
The Iowa Hawkeyes football program is based in Iowa City, Iowa, at Kinnick Stadium. They’ve won one national title (1958), 13 conference titles and made 27 bowl appearances. They returned to bowl season in 2013 after a down 2012 year. Before that though, they appeared in a bowl 10 out of 11 years in one of the most successful runs of Iowa football seen in a while. Their biggest rivals are Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. Dallas Clark, Charles Godfrey, Brandon Myers, and Lions coach Jim Caldwell all played football at Iowa. Make sure to get out to Kinnick to see the Hawkeyes march back toward national contention! Gold Coast Tickets has the best selection on Hawkeyes tickets!