2008 Iowa Hawkeyes Football Preview

2008 Iowa Hawkeyes season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Iowa Hawkeyes football preview as well as the 2008 Iowa Hawkeyes Football Schedule. Dont miss Maddux's free college football picks on the weekly college football odds from the #1 sports handicapping team.

Coach: Kirk Ferentz (10th year at Iowa)
Team Name: Hawkeyes
2007 Overall Record: 6-6
Returning Starters: 13

After the Iowa Hawkeyes (6-6 overall, 4-4 Big Ten) finished out their string of regular season games with a 28-19 loss to Western Michigan, the team settled back to watch the bowl season from their television sets. From 2002-2004, the Haweyes went 31-7 and captured two Big Ten crowns. In the past three seasons, their record is 19-18 overall and 11-13 in the Big Ten.

QB Jake Christensen (370 ATT, 198 COMP, 2,269 YDS, 17 TDs, 6 INT) proved he was tough last season. He kept getting up after every one of the 46 sacks that took him down. The frontline was porous, making the signal caller and first-time starter’s life exceptionally difficult. The O-line returns some seasoned starters and solid reserves, which should help. Last season, WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (38 REC, 482 YDS, 2 TDs) led the team in catches and reception yards. Top running backs, Albert Young and Damian Sims, are gone and the Hawkeyes need someone to step forward and fill that role.

Just five starters return to the defensive side of the field. Two essential senior defensive tackles—Matt Kroul and Mitch King—are back. King, an All-Big Ten choice last season, has a nonstop motor. Junior OLB A.J. Edds (80 tackles, 29 solo) returns as the team’s leading tackler. Senior SS Harold Dalton will anchor the secondary, which overall is filled with inexperienced but talented new faces.

This team should win seven and could win nine if they play well in swing games against Pittsburgh on September 20 and Michigan State on October 4. Both are on the road. Last season, Iowa lost by four or fewer points to Iowa State, Wisconsin and Illinois. They should beat Iowa State this season but don’t look to have a chance versus the Badgers or the Fighting Illini.

The Hawkeyes stand to put together a winning season. With an average of just 6.3 wins per year over the last three seasons, the club needs to generate victories. In 2008, they could come closer to their three-year average of 10.3 wins from the golden years of 2002 to 2004. In order for that to happen, the Iowa offense must start churning out some points. The defense has been doing their job, but they can’t do it all.

Iowa Hawkeyes Football Schedule

Aug 30
Sep 6
Florida Int
Sep 13
Iowa State
Sep 20
Sep 27
Oct 4
Michigan State
Oct 11
Oct 18
Nov 1
Nov 8
Penn State
Nov 15
Nov 22


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