Iowa Hawkeyes 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Iowa Hawkeyes 2016 Preview
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The Iowa Hawkeyes were a few plays away from a Big Ten Championship last season and will look to have another double-digit win total this season.
Overview: Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes are the favorites to win the Big Ten West Division once again this season, after returning a good chunk of last season’s team. Iowa has a favorable schedule, avoiding Ohio State and Michigan State. Iowa finished 12-2 last season and was blown out by Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
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Offense: C.J. Beathard returns as the quarterback for Iowa, after an outstanding season last year. Beathard threw for 2,809 yards and 17 touchdowns for Iowa last year. Iowa does lose their top rusher from last season but does return Leshun Daniels (646 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns) and Akrum Wadley (496 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns). Matt VandeBerg led Iowa in receiving with 703 yards and 4 touchdowns, while George Kittle added 290 yards and 6 touchdowns. Both VandeBerg and Kittle will be returning this season for the Hawkeyes.
Defense: Defensive Coordinator Phil Parker has to be excited for this season, as Iowa returns 8 starters on defense. The biggest name on the Iowa defense is Desmond King, who won the Jim Thorpe Award last season with 8 interceptions and 13 pass breakups. Iowa is returning 3 of their 4 defensive linemen, including Jaleel Johnson who had 5.5 TFLs and 3.5 sacks last year. Josey Jewell led Iowa with 126 tackles last season and will return this year at linebacker. This Iowa defense looks poised for another very good season.
Special Teams: Both the kicker and punter will have to replaced for Iowa this season. The kicking battle for Iowa is between Miguel Recinos and Mick Ellis, while the punting battle is between Colten Rastetter and Miguel Recinos. The kick/punt return duties will be handled by Desmond King.
Outlook: I think Iowa is gearing up for another great season and I see no reason why they can’t get at least 10 wins this season. I like their defense and I think their offense will only get better this season.
Sep. 3 Miami (Ohio)
Sep. 10 Iowa State
Sep. 17 North Dakota State
Sep. 24 at Rutgers
Oct. 1 Northwestern
Oct. 8 at Minnesota
Oct. 15 at Purdue
Oct. 22 Wisconsin
Nov. 5 at Penn State
Nov. 12 Michigan
Nov. 19 at Illinois
Nov. 25 Nebraska