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Iowa sixth in the West? Chicago reporter offers grim preview

[ 0 ] August 13, 2014 |
Carl Davis should help lead a disruptive Iowa defensive line, says Mr. Optimist. But that defensive front better perform to a high level, adds Mr. Pessimist, given question marks for  other positions on the Hawkeyes' defense. (Register file photo)

Carl Davis should help lead a disruptive Iowa defensive line. (Register file photo)

Well, this is a buzzkill.

Throughout the summer, Iowa’s football team has been a trendy pick to contend for the Big Ten’s West Division title.

But Seth Gruen of the Chicago Sun-Times picks the Hawkeyes to finish sixth.

“A fresh-faced defense might have trouble as Big Ten offenses get more dynamic,” Gruen wrote. “The Hawkeyes have only five starters returning and none at linebacker.”

He sort of glosses over the fact the defensive line is stout, Quinton Alston was a good enough linebacker to start for most teams in the Big Ten last season and cornerback Desmond King is a star in the making.

Gruen also downplays the fact Iowa has eight returning starters on offense.

Then again, Iowa always has a thin margin for error, and the offense does need to step it up a notch or two.

This wouldn’t be the first time the Hawkeyes failed to live up to lofty expectations.

A media poll released last month tabbed Iowa as the second-best in the West. It’ll be interesting to see if either prediction is on target.

Category: Big Ten, Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Andrew Logue: Andrew has been with the Des Moines Register for 19 years, covering everything from preps to Hawkeye and Cyclone sports, as well as the Drake Relays. View author profile.

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