With the regular season over, Iowa Hawkeyes fans look at their 7-5 team and are still asking the same questions they had following the team's overtime loss to in-state rival Iowa State: Who is this team and how good can they be?
Is this the defense that held Michigan—the second-best scoring offense in the Big Ten—to its second-lowest point total of the season?
Is this the defense that allowed multiple mediocre quarterbacks to have their best games of the season?
Is this the offense that averaged 34.29 points per game through its first seven games?
Is this the offense that embarrassed itself against Nebraska, the eighth-ranked scoring defense in the Big Ten leading up to the game?
There are no answers to these questions. The only thing we know is that the Iowa Hawkeyes are 7-5, and will be going to the Insight Bowl or Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (there is no way the Gator Bowl will pass up Ohio State given Urban Meyer's imminent hiring as the head coach of the Bucks).
In other words, regardless of what Iowa could have been, history will write this team down as mediocre, and there is nothing that will change that.
However, one can look at the various pieces and assess what went wrong, what went right and what needs to change in order for the Hawks to have a more successful future.