College football's second season has been under way in Iowa City since November 23, by which point the Iowa Hawkeyes failed to qualify for a bowl and their season effectively ended.
As the Hawks have had two young teams in a row, few freshmen from next year's class are likely to play in 2013, let alone make the depth chart. This is complicated by what is shaping up to be a fairly weak recruiting class.
That doesn't mean some freshmen won't take the field.
The key criteria used to predict which freshmen have a shot at making the depth chart next year concerned whether they were ready physically, the abilities they've already demonstrated and where Iowa is most in need of immediate help.
It's still a long way to signing day—February 6—and that means that more prospects could commit to the Hawkeyes. It also means many of the current commits could choose other options. Nonetheless, right now, the following the players have the best shot of finding themselves somewhere on the depth chart on opening day.