Following Iowa's loss to Central Michigan, Hawkeye fans were of the nearly unanimous opinion that the season was headed straight for the dumpster.
There are still plenty of questions—not only about the 2012 Hawkeyes, but the direction the program is headed—but a big rivalry win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers seems to have settled fans down a bit. Perhaps that is because it was not only a victory, but a victory in which the Hawks looked competent and, in some phases of the game, dominant.
Nevertheless, the season is still young, and there are still a number of big questions, not the least of which concerns the passing game.
In effect, this season could still go a number of different directions.