Summer camp has started for Iowa, and that means that football season is close at hand for Kirk Ferentz and his Hawkeyes; therefore, it's time for predictions.
Last year, Iowa went a lowly 4-8, which was mostly thanks to the 113th-ranked scoring offense in the country and the worst offense of the Ferentz era. Much of this had to do with transition, as the Hawkeyes had a new offensive coordinator for the first time since Coach Ferentz was hired.
That offensive coordinator, Greg Davis, recently told the Des Moines Register's Bryce Miller that during the "First 4 practices, every snap has been no-huddle." Will this be the difference between 19.3 points per game—18.8 PPG in conference—and something approaching respectability?
It will have to because, astronomical buyout clause or not, Ferentz can't withstand another year like 2012.
Outside of the first game, for which Vegas has released odds, the "early favorite" is based on who Vegas would be most likely to call the "favorite" if odds were released today.