Iowa Football: 5 Signs of Despair for the Hawkeyes in 2013

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Iowa Football: 5 Signs of Despair for the Hawkeyes in 2013
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The Iowa Hawkeyes and head coach Kirk Ferentz are at a crossroads.

Things may be ready to turn around much as they were following what seemed to be the bottom in 2007. On the other hand, the bottom may not yet have been reached.

In the previous half of this foray into reading tea leaves, the possibilities of the Hawkeyes coming back in 2013 were considered. Now, it is worth considering the other direction.

What if the moribund 2012 offense wasn't an obstacle on the way to bigger things? What if it was the first in a slew of offensive embarrassments?

What if the bend-don't-break defense has seen its day, and modern offenses are apt to tear the Hawkeye defense up, no matter how talented it is?

In the following slides, the "signs" in question concern elements currently in the program that may point to ugly times ahead.

And the flopping of the Hawkeyes is a distinct possibility when considering the long-term and immediate future of the Iowa football program under Kirk Ferentz.

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