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Preseason mags give Iowa a little love (but not a lot)

[ 0 ] June 3, 2014 |

Good, but not great, seems to be the assessment of the Iowa football team heading into the 2014 season.

At least four preseason magazines have left Iowa out of their top-25 rankings, but just barely in two cases. Athlon Sports and Lindy’s both rank Iowa 26th nationally, while Phil Steele has the Hawkeyes as his 32nd-best team.

The Sporting News also doesn’t have Iowa ranked in its top 25.

Left tackle Brandon Scherff (USA Today Sports photos)

Left tackle Brandon Scherff (USA Today Sports photos)

“Iowa is a team that has a lot going for it — veteran quarterback, very good offensive line, forgiving Big Ten schedule — but it is not a team without concerns,” said Mitchell Light, executive editor for Athlon Sports. “The offense lacks a true difference-maker at the skill positions, and the defense must replace three solid linebackers who were very instrumental to last season’s success.

“This has the look of a team that should be in contention in the Big Ten West, but we don’t believe Iowa will be a legitimate threat to crash the top 10 at any point.”

Iowa returns eight starters on offense, including the entire backfield and both receivers, from a team that finished 8-5 last season, including 5-3 in the Big Ten.

The Hawkeyes also have what is considered a favorable schedule, considering they don’t play Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State or Penn State. Iowa also will face Wisconsin and Nebraska at Kinnick Stadium in the final two regular-season games.

Here is a photo gallery of Iowa’s projected starting lineup:

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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