The beginning of the football season is just over three short months away for the Iowa Hawkeyes and their head coach Kirk Ferentz.
Ferentz faces a number of challenges following a disastrous 2012 that saw Iowa go 4-8 on the back of a talent-poor defense and an incompetent new offense.
Therefore, Ferentz's biggest challenge will be getting to a bowl and showing that he can still coach up a team in the world of up-tempo spread offenses and hybrid-heavy defenses.
Nevertheless, the following will rank the specific challenges the head coach faces in order to make sure that the climb back to respectability happens.
The order of the following is based on how crucial each one is in terms of insuring the Hawkeyes take positive steps this season.