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The Iowa Hawkeyes were a single drive away from being in the 2015 BCS playoffs. Iowa lost a thriller to Michigan State for not only the Big Ten Championship but a spot in the BCS.
Iowa went 12-2 last season, dropping their final two contest to MSU and Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
The Hawkeyes had an impressive resume playing ranked teams in their last nine games. The 2016 team is favored to win the West division again this season.
Head Coach Kirk Ferentz enters his seventeenth season on the sidelines in Ames, Iowa. The 2016 Iowa Hawkeyes schedule is fairly soft out of conference.
Miami, Ohio, Iowa State and North Dakota State invade Kinnick Stadium in September. Iowa will travel to Penn State in early November in what could be an intriguing matchup.
The 2016-17 Iowa Hawkeyes offense is led by senior signal caller C.J Beathard. Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis did a masterful job last season with the play calling.
The Hawkeyes had one of the most prolific rushing attacks in the Big Ten in 2015, averaging a little over one hundred and eighty-one yards per contest on the ground.
Iowa is known for having an outstanding offensive line, and the trend continues this season.
Three returning starting offensive linemen come back to the team in 2016.
Running Backs LeShun Daniels and junior Akrum Wadley combined for over 1,100 yards last season and both return.
Tight End Matt VandeBerg (703) receiving yards returns for his senior season. Big play threat George Kittle can make the big play in clutch situations.
Bovada list the 2016-17 Iowa Hawkeyes at +750 to win the Big Ten Conference Championship.
Offensive Coordinator Phil Parker is back for his 18th season in Iowa City, 5th in charge of the defense.
Parker is one of the most respected assistant coaches among his peers in all of College Football.
Eight starters return on the Hawkeyes defense this season. Parker has three starters returning on the defensive line with tackles Jaleel Johnson and Nathan Bazata.
Second Team All-Conference performer middle linebacker Josey Jewell will call the plays on defense, and he’s a hitter.
The secondary, led by Jim Thorpe Award winner Desmond King. The Detroit, Michigan native is a lockdown corner who will be a high NFL draft choice.
Greg Mabin joins King on the other side cornerback. Safety Miles Taylor returns, but the coaching staff is having trouble filling the other safety position.
Free Betting Odds Prediction: The 2016-17 Iowa Hawkeyes will post a 9-3 record.
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