I'm on vacation. The Hlog, miraculously, keeps going. Maybe it needs an exorcist. Maybe I do.
I was looking at 2010 college football statistics, which is seldom a healthy thing. That was a line from a Bob Dylan song, I believe.
Nonetheless, I noticed Iowa was tied for seventh in the nation in turnover margin last season, so it was +13 over 13 games, or 1.00. The Hawkeyes forced 24 turnovers while making just 11 over their 13 games. The 11 committed was the second-lowest total in the nation, behind only Wisconsin (9).
Usually, those kinds of numbers indicate you had a big season. Iowa was 8-5, and just 4-4 in the Big Ten.
The year before, when Iowa went 11-2, its turnover margin for the season was just +2. So are turnovers overrated?
Heck, no! Look at the nation's top 10 teams in turnover margin last season, and you see a common thread. They were winners. Here are the top 10 in that stat with their won-lost records:
1. Virginia Tech 11-3
2. Tulsa 10-3
3. Army 7-6
T4. Maryland 9-4
T4. Ohio State 12-1
6. Wisconsin 11-2
T7. Iowa 8-5
T7. Oklahoma 12-2
T7. Oregon 12-1
T7. Stanford 12-1
I'm not telling you anything you don't already know, Hawkeye fans, but last year (all five losses were by one score) was a golden opportunity squandered. Your team didn't give the ball away. Yet, it gave something away, somewhere, to only go 4-4 in the Big Ten and slip to the Insight Bowl.