Iowa Hawkeyes: College Football's Biggest Question Mark

Tim WeidemanAnalyst INovember 1, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Broderick Binns #91 of the Iowa Hawkeye's celebrates a second quarter safty with Christian Ballard #46 in front of Dennis Landolt #73 of the Penn State Nittnay Lions on September 26, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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If anything, take home from the Hawkeyes' victory against the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday that statistics do not matter. 

I bluntly and as clearly as possible repeat: Statistics do no matter.

How else would....?


Statistics from that wicked afternoon shall not be shared in this article. That's a promise.

Whatever appears on paper is irrelevant when evaluating the Hawkeyes' win.

The fact is: I almost blew it.

In one of my latest articles, I dropped the "D-Bomb" on the Hawkeyes calling them a team of destiny in response to the come-from-behind, last-second victory against Michigan State.

Well, Destiny has a sick sense of humor.


Yet, the Hawkeyes woke up Sunday morning still undefeated and still the nation's biggest question mark in college football.

Nothing's changed.

Who are the Iowa Hawkeyes? Are they bumbling, offsides-jumping, interception-throwing, block-missing imbeciles?

Or, are they winning, play-making, adversity-defying, glass slipper-wearing heroes (manly slippers, of course)?

The correct answer: Both.

Iowa has the luck of Cinderella but the looks of her step-sisters.

More fittingly, the Iowa Hawkeyes are the "Comeback Kids."

They stare down challengers with a certain intensity that appears in second halves, fourth quarters, and when every doubter finally believes that they are down and most definitely out of the running for a Big Ten title, BCS Bowl and maybe more.

The battered, bruised and much likely confused Hawkeyes went to bed Halloween night only to wake up to more questions of their mettle from critics hundreds of miles away.

AP writers appear ready to write-off the Hawkeyes, as Oregon and TCU leapt ahead of them in the polls. Watch for every nit to be picked when next week's poll comes out after all the games are finished, too.

Fortunately, the coaches looked kindly upon Iowa, moving the Hawks up two spots to 6th in the USAToday Poll and making up for the fallback in the AP Poll.

Only time will tell how the computers treat Iowa but they're still blind so won't put Iowa to the "eye-test".

See, there's a disadvantage to merely watching this team on a TV screen that doesn't affect the computers.

Computers care about wins.

Iowa wins.