The Iowa Hawkeyes are slated to begin spring practices on March 27, and that means head coach Kirk Ferentz and his squad can put 2012's disastrous 4-8 behind them and move forward.
Needless to say, Iowa fans will know a great deal more about their team in only one month—at the conclusion of spring practices—than they do now. Nonetheless, it's worth looking at how Iowa's schedule looks and what the Hawks' chances are against each of their 2013 opponents.
It's impossible to project exactly how much the Hawkeyes or their opponents will improve from their 2012 performances.
In effect, the following assumes a reasonable improvement wherever applicable—i.e. wherever there are returning starters or a coach or new offense that is in its second or third year.
With a schedule featuring 10 teams that qualified for a bowl in 2012 and facing what can generally be considered an up conference in 2013, it won't be easy for the Hawks to achieve bowl eligibility let alone respectability.