For the Iowa Hawkeye football program and its head coach Kirk Ferentz, as with every FBS program, each new year and new schedule brings new challenges and opportunities.
The Hawks are undergoing a major staff renovation as three long-term assistant coaches have moved on, while two new hires have been made.
This will be a key step towards stemming the bleeding that has taken place in Iowa City over the past three seasons, the bottom of which was last year's 4-8 squad.
The 2013 schedule won't make it any easier, as 10 of Iowa's 12 opponents were bowl-eligible in 2012.
Based on what little the general public knows now, this article will attempt to make a way-too-early prediction on how the Hawkeyes will fare against that schedule.
All cumulative records were compiled on Stassen.com.
Returning starters were compiled by cross-referencing NationalChamps.net with Phil Steele's blog. When the two didn't match, I did some research and came up with what I felt was an accurate number. For my purposes, a "returning starter" started at least four games in 2012.