ESPN’s Football Power Index has released its projections for every game on Iowa’s regular season schedule. Once again, the Hawkeyes are expected to be a solid Big Ten team.
Kirk Ferentz has had his program on a steady path over the last few years. After some down seasons, the recent Rose Bowl berth seems to have helped elevate things to where Iowa can usually be counted on for eight wins or so most years.
Per the FPI projections, that is what things are looking like once again. The metrics project Iowa’s win-loss totals at 7.9-4.4, which you can round to roughly 8-4.
That is how the individual game projections work out as well.
Here is how ESPN’s FPI projects every single Iowa game of the 2019 season.
Of the four games in which Iowa is under 50-percent to win, only one game has the Hawkeyes as a serious underdog.
The Hawkeyes are only given a 16.1-percent chance to win at Michigan. Every other game has a win percentage projection of at least 40-percent.
- Week 1 vs. Miami (OH): Win
- Week 2 vs. Rutgers: Win
- Week 3 at Iowa State: Loss
- Week 5 vs. Middle Tennessee: Win
- Week 6 at Michigan: Loss
- Week 7 vs. Penn State: Loss
- Week 8 vs. Purdue: Win
- Week 9 at Northwestern: Win
- Week 11 at Wisconsin: Win
- Week 12 vs. Minnesota: Win
- Week 13 vs. Illinois: Win
- Week 14 at Nebraska: Loss
If this played out in this way, it would be the fifth straight year of eight-or-more wins for the Hakweyes.