Iowa Football

#oniowapod grades Iowa's 2018 football season

Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz watches his players warm up prior to a game against Nebraska at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Friday, November 23, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette
Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz watches his players warm up prior to a game against Nebraska at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Friday, November 23, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette

You’re going to feel pangs of regret with the Hawkeyes’ 2018 football season.

A bitter loss to Wisconsin. A meltdown at Penn State. Curious officiating and a potent offense at Purdue. And then getting Northwestern’d.

This is the time for grades. Everyone has their own opinion. Disappointed is an acceptable answer. There’s nothing wrong with satisfied, although I’m guessing that’s a smaller percentage and probably within the program, too.

I file 8-4 into the “not the best, not the worst” and “how do you get better than this?”

We hit bowls pretty heavily. It’s 60-70 percent Holiday and 25 to 30 percent Citrus and maybe 5 percent for something off the board.

A lot of folks asked who should be the Big Ten West favorite going into 2019. Northwestern? Probably not Wisconsin. Don’t count out Iowa. And, hey, Purdue is there and so are Minnesota and Nebraska.

Throw us your Big Ten West 2019 favorite. It’s way too early for that, and maybe that’s why this exercise is so difficult.

Click below to listen, or subscribe and download on iTunesStitcherGoogle Play or Soundcloud.

CONTINUE READING

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.