Big 10 Football 2011: 10 Keys to Iowa Hawkeyes Winning a Conference Championship

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Big 10 Football 2011: 10 Keys to Iowa Hawkeyes Winning a Conference Championship
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There appears to be an element of luck in every championship season. 

In football, the whole year may turn on one dropped pass, one interception or one kick that bounces off the upright denying a game-winning field goal.

The outcome of any contest can rise and fall on the failure to gain an inch on the ground.

Iowa, whose championship season in 2010 fell short of the mark, played seven ranked opponents during  2010, a record for any Kirk Ferentz coached team.

In each of Iowa's five losses the Hawkeyes were leading or tied for the lead in the fourth quarter.

Moreover, Iowa's five losses totaled 18 points––the four Big Ten losses were by 11 points.

Luck was not with them in 2010––or maybe the losses came because a combination of factors kept the Hawkeyes on their collective back foot, unable to close out the game.

After all, luck remains an intangible no one can count on.

For Iowa to contend for the Big Ten 2011 Championship, however, the Hawkeyes need the following key ingredients for success on the gridiron in the newly aligned Big Ten along with a pinch of good fortune:

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