Some Iowa Hawkeye Fans Still Skeptical.

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Some Iowa Hawkeye Fans Still Skeptical.
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The results of a poll posted by The Cedar Rapids Gazette show 43 percent of voters don't believe Iowa will remain unbeaten after games against Wisconsin and Michigan State.

Let's put those results in perspective.

If this sample represents Hawkeye fans as a whole, it would mean 30,352 fans in a filled Kinnick Stadium don't think Iowa will emerge victorious from its two-game road trip. 

Apparently, some fans are taking Iowa's 6-0 start with a grain of salt.

Why the disbelief? Could it be Iowa wasn't supposed to be this good, not 6-0 good. Not this year. 

Not so fast!

Many picked the Hawks to vie for second or third in the Big Ten. The conference may be down, but it's not so bad that the second, third or even fourth place teams have no shot at putting together good seasons.

Are these fans pessimistic because of Iowa's history of falling just shy of the mark in recent years?

That could be it; or maybe they're afraid.

Maybe these doubtful fans are afraid to believe their Iowa Hawkeyes have a legitimate chance.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, and this writer, continually tout the "one game at a time" philosophy. This approach in no way commands, "Thou shalt not believe in thy team." And it never suggests, "Thou shalt not dare to dream a little." One game at a time merely entails not overlooking a single opponent and focusing on winning that game. 

Iowa can't afford to become complacent. A sure fire way to lose in the FBS is to fall into a trap game, because preparations for a bigger game have begun before other games have even been played. 

No Big Ten team can be overlooked. Ferentz knows this. 

The Iowa Hawkeyes will focus on each opponent and be ready to play hard, as they've done thus far come kickoff.

It's okay to look at the Hawkeyes' season and speculate where it will end up. It's perfectly fine to believe Iowa has a shot at overthrowing Ohio State.

One-hundred percent of Hawk fans agree it would be nice to see Iowa take the Big Ten Championship. But only 57 percent of Hawk fans can say they believed all along if the Hawks' prove most of their naysayers wrong.

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