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Iowa Football: 5 Most Important Areas to Improve
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It was a dreadful 2012 season for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

A losing regular-season record for the first time since 2000, only two wins in front of the home fans in Kinnick Stadium, and retrieving only one of their rivalry trophies.

For a program that made a BCS game only three years ago, several aspects of the team have taken a step backward to produce a 4-8 record.

The 2012 Hawkeyes were resilient in finding a way to win at East Lansing against Michigan State. This brought Iowa to 4-2 with a 2-0 record in the Big Ten.

Then Penn State came into Iowa City at night and whooped Iowa 38-14 (and it could have been a lot worse). It was all downhill for the Hawkeyes after that.

Last year was the first season in the Kirk Ferentz era where the head coach had a new offensive and defensive coordinator, but it's time to see the transition produce results on the field.

These are the five biggest issues the Hawkeyes need to fix in order to succeed in 2013.

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