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Iowa Football: 5 Signs of Hope for the Hawkeyes in 2013
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By the end of the 2012 football season, the 4-8 Iowa Hawkeyes football team might best have been described as hopeless. However, there are signs that prospects may be on the rise in Iowa City.

Generally speaking, the Hawkeyes return eight starters on both sides of the ball along with both specialists. Moreover, due to injuries, the returning non-starters on offense gained a good deal of experience even if they didn't start.

If that isn't enough, there are a number of little glimmers of optimism that aren't as palpable as the returning starters.

Reading tea leaves is ultimately best done after the fact, but if the Hawkeyes turn things around in 2013, the following are potential signs of hope for an otherwise dejected fanbase.

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