What is my prediction for the rest of the season? The passing game continues to struggle as they never find the chemistry. James Vandenberg is overloaded and as a result, stares down receivers. The running game comes back as the replacement linemen do an excellent job. The defense has a couple stellar and a couple crappy games.
So how many games will the Hawks win this season? Let’s look at the games individually. The Hawks get Mark Weisman back this weekend and put up 150 plus rushing yards and get a close win at Northwestern. This puts the Hawks at 5-3. We storm into Indiana and have the best offensive game all season. The defense is below average and almost gives Indiana a chance to steel the game. Iowa holds off, winning their fourth straight road game. The Hawks are now bowl eligible! Iowa controls their own destiny and boy to they blow it. At home, in front of 70,000 Hawkeyes, they lose their 4th home game. The Hawks go to 6-4 and are no longer in control of their destiny. They follow up with their only road loss to Michigan. The Hawks are now 6-5. People are chanting for the backup quarterback, Ruddock. Vandenberg has not improved at all and throws a game ending interception to lose to Michigan. Crushed, the Hawks are no longer in contention for the conference title. They do pull up an upset to stop Nebraska from going to the championship game. A sloppy performance by the Huskers and a dominant run game allows the Hawks to pull out a win at Kinnick. This would only be the third home win. The hawks go 7-5 and head to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl to challenge Iowa State for bragging rights. Who wins that bowl game? I can tell you that if Iowa doesn't win, I will be the laughing stock of Iowa.