2009 Iowa Hawkeye Preseason Predictions Wrap-Up
A few things have happened in the world of Hawkeye since I started these preseason predictions. One of those things being the recent Jewel Hampton news. For those of you who live in a cave, Hampton will be seeking a medical red-shirt for the 2009 season.
There have been a few other injuries, too. Junior CB Jordan Bernstine broke his ankle and will also miss the season.
But, despite the injuries, I still think the Hawkeyes are going on to a 10-2 or 9-3 record this year. Here is a wrap up of how I see the games going:
Iowa 31, UNI 13
Iowa 42, ISU 10
Iowa 30, Arizona 7
Iowa 14, Penn State 17
Iowa 45, Arkansas State 20
Iowa 28, Michigan 10
Iowa 24, Wisconsin 13
Iowa 14, Michigan State 10
Iowa 35, Indiana 10
Iowa 24, Northwestern 3
Iowa 14, Ohio State 17
Iowa 42, Minnesota 14
With a 10-2 record at the end of the regular season, the bowl game options for the Hawkeyes look very good. As always, a lot of things are contingent upon how the other teams around the Big Ten do this season, though.
I think Ohio State is going to win the Big Ten title. On the way to the title, they go undefeated, which means the Buckeyes are BCS bowl bound and possibly playing for the National title again.
Penn State and Iowa tie for second place in the Big Ten. However, since I predict Penn State defeating Iowa, that means Penn State is going to the Rose Bowl. That means the Hawkeyes are Capital One Bowl bound.
Who the Hawks will play is anyone's guess. But, my prediction is that Iowa will face...LSU. That's right, just like Adam Rittenberg at ESPN, I am predicting that the Hawkeyes will travel to Florida for a rematch against the Tigers.
Iowa 21, LSU 20
The Hawkeyes defeat another SEC team again this season in a very tightly fought battle against LSU. This game is almost all defense. But, it's an offensive highlight for the ages that wins this game.
Ricky Stanzi throws a 72-yard pass for a touchdown bomb to track star Keenan Davis for the game-winning touchdown pass against Tigers. After the game, Stanzi calls former quarterback Drew Tate and asks, "How do you like them apples?"
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