2013 and 2000 Will Look the Same for the Iowa Hawkeyes

By Derek Helling
Rick Osentoski-USA Today Sports

If University of Iowa Hawkeyes football fans thought that 2012 was rough, wait til they get a load of 2013.

Most Hawkeyes fans remember the 2000 season, where second-year head coach Kirk Ferentz’s Iowa squad went 3-9 overall and 3-5 in Big Ten play. Some of the reasons to believe that 2013 will be a re-hashing of 2000 are because of eerie similarities between 1999 and 2012. These include but are not limited to:

  • In neither 1999 nor 2012 did the Hawkeyes have a player reach 900 yards rushing
  • In neither season did the Hawkeyes have a player reach 700 yards receiving
  • In neither season did the Hawkeyes have a player catch 65 passes
  • In both 1999 and 2012, the Iowa offense scored fewer than 20 points per game
  • In both seasons, Iowa’s starting QBs (Scott Mullen 1999 and James Vandenberg 2012) completion percentage was below 58 percent
  • In both seasons, Iowa’s starting QB (Mullen 1999 and Vandenberg 2012) threw more interceptions than touchdowns
  • In both seasons, the Iowa defense allowed opposing offenses at least 380 yards per game
  • In both seasons, the Iowa defense gave up more than 22 points per game

Besides the similarities between the seasons prior to 2000 and this season, there are other facts that can’t be ignored when considering 2013. The Hawkeyes, under Ferentz, have had three losing seasons prior to 2012 (1999, 2000 and 2006). Iowa’s combined record from 2000, 2001 and 2007 is a dismal 17-30. The Hawkeyes rebound from a losing season like a sharp cheddar ages — it takes a year at least.

The last bit of information to explain why 2013 is going to suck hard is that prior to this season, there has only been one other year during Ferentz’s time in charge in which the Hawkeyes were scheduled to play six teams ranked in preseason polls.

If you haven’t figured out the theme of this piece yet, that year was 2000. The Hawkeyes have the Ohio State Buckeyes, Michigan Wolverines, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Northwestern Wildcats, Wisconsin Badgers and Northern Illinois Huskies all on the slate in 2013.

In 2013, Hawkeyes fans will be checking the papers to make sure they haven’t somehow traveled back in time to 2000. They will swear that if you don’t look closely, you’ll confuse Mark Weisman for Ladell Betts and Kevonte Martin-Manley for Kevin Kasper. What’s for sure is that a 3-9 overall, 1-7 in conference 2013 makes a 4-8 overall, 2-6 in conference 2012 look not so bad.

Derek Helling is a University of Iowa football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DRokSH, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+

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