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CFB Writer Reveals Record Prediction For Iowa

Iowa football players run onto the field.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 05: Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes leads his team onto the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Over the past few years, Ohio State and Michigan have been the only true contenders in the Big Ten. However, this upcoming season presents a golden opportunity for teams like Iowa to take a leap forward.

Last season, the Hawkeyes finished with a 9-4 record. Head coach Kirk Ferentz led his squad to an impressive victory over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.

Iowa lost its two biggest playmakers on offense to the NFL Draft, as both T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant were first-round picks. Fortunately, quarterback Nathan Stanley decided to return for his senior season.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Hawkeyes are led by A.J. Epenesa, who many consider to be an elite prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Although Iowa isn't projected to win the Big Ten this upcoming season, fans should expect another solid year.

247Sports’ Jordan James predicts Iowa to finish with a strong 9-3 record. All three losses in this prediction come on the road to the hands of Michigan, Northwestern and Nebraska.

This projection does have Iowa going undefeated at Kinnick Stadium, which would greatly help its chances of making an elite bowl game.

We'll see if the Hawkeyes can meet these expectations or perhaps even surpass them in 2019.

[247Sports]