The short answer; yes. We all know that the defense will be one of, if not the best in the nation next year and the defensive line could be close to unstoppable.
But while defense will keep Iowa in the Big Ten and National Title hunt all season, the offense will have to get the Hawkeyes to Glendale.
Quarterback Ricky Stanzi led Iowa on a roller coaster ride last season, throwing 15 interceptions, but always showing up in the clutch. This spring, he worked on throwing the ball to the right team and his increased maturity level should help him cut down on the picks.
He has possibly the best wide receivers corps in recent Hawkeye history to throw to, led by possible All-Big Ten candidates Marvin McNutt and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos. The tight ends will be strong too, with Allen Reisner returning, along with Brad Herman, who had a very strong spring, and highly touted recruit CJ Fiedorowicz.
The running game should also be much better. Sophomores Adam Robinson and Brandon Wegher return from a solid year after being shoved into the starting jobs in 2009 as freshmen. Sophomore Jewel Hampton will also be back after a year long absence due to a knee injury.
He did a great job backing up Shonn Greene in 2008, compiling 461 yards on limited carries. All three backs should share carries this season, but look for one to emerge and possibly eclipse 1,000 yards, with the others not far behind.
The offensive line will be a work in progress, with only two starters returning. Riley Reiff could be an All-Big Ten or All-American award winner by season's end, as he will have to anchor a veteran, but inexperienced line in 2010. But considering Kirk Ferentz's history as an offensive line coach and his success in coaching up players at that position, don't expect the line to be too much of a problem.
It's clear that the Hawkeyes have all the right tools in place to be successful on offense in 2010. This offense has the chance to be Iowa's best in a long time, and if it exceeds expectations, it could very well lead Iowa to Glendale next January.