Originally posted on The B1g Time  |  Last updated 7/22/13

Um.... Ya, there's no way to spin 2012 as anything other than a major step backwards for the Iowa Hawkeyes football program. Going 4-8 overall and just 2-6 in Big Ten play isn't very good. In fact it's the 2nd worst record in conference play during the Kirk Ferentz era at Iowa and the 4-8 overall record was the worst since the 2000 season. 

Not good news when you are just three seasons removed from an 11 win season and an Orange Bowl appearance. However doom and gloom things were in 2012 there were some positives and a small glimmer of hope as well. Question is, will those things shine through some of the major holes this team has coming into 2013? 

Let us take a look back at 2012 so we can understand exactly what is ahead for 2013. 

The Good:

At least two of the four wins the Hawkeyes managed last year were somewhat impressive. Especially holding off and hanging on over eventual Orange Bowl participant Northern Illinois to open up the season. Then the Hawkeyes were able to take down a good Michigan State team on the road in overtime. 

That's really about it... Well, that and the appearance of a running back who may be there for more than one season. Mark Weisman rushed for 815 yards and 8 touchdowns last season, averaging over 5 yards a carry and that had to be a blessing in disguise for a team and fan base starved for a consistent running game following the constant disappointment and transfers over the previous three offseasons. 

The Bad:

For all the positive momentum Weisman brought to the rushing attack it sure wasn't enough. Why? Because the Hawkeyes managed to rank dead last as a team in rushing offense in 2012. That's bad, but it gets worse. How much worse? 

The Hawkeyes failed to rank in the top half of any major statistical category on OFFENSE OR DEFENSE, ranking 7th as their highest in any category (passing offense & defense, rushing defense). In fact the offense ranked dead last or 2nd to last in every major statistical category outside of passing offense and that's just not good news at all. 

The Ugly:

Remember that Michigan State W we talked about as the good part of the season.... Well, that's also the last time the Hawkeyes won a football game, going 0 for the final 6 games of 2012. During that stretch of six straight losses the Hawkeyes allowed their opponents to score 24 or more points in 5 of the 6 contests and they failed to score more than 24 points in any of those six games. That's not going to win you many games to say the least. 

Things only get uglier when you consider the fact that Iowa found a way to LOSE AT HOME to a .500 MAC team in Central Michigan. Sure it was just a 32-31 loss, but it sure didn't help the fan base love this team or it's hopes of making a bowl game.

What 2012 tells us about 2013: 

This team was young in some spots, but also experienced in key areas last season and it was downright ugly in Iowa City. So, 2012 tells us that unless a miracle happens this season where everything clicks this team could be in for more of the same, especially with their two year starter at QB, James Vandenberg, gone. For all the individual talent available across the roster they haven't put the results together.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Conor McGregor wants 'a real fight' says MMA is next up for him

Joe Mixon out for second week in a row with concussion

Six teams on upset alert in NFL Week 15

Reggie Bush admits his NFL career is likely over

Doug Pederson: Jay Ajayi will continue to see more touches

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

49ers' Reuben Foster about to be drowning in cereal

Steelers, Patriots dominate AFC Pro Bowl vote

Joel Embiid takes a shot at Russell Westbrook’s shooting efficiency

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson being investigated for workplace misconduct

WATCH: Gronkowski refuses to discuss suspension, walks out of presser

Cousins complains refs unfairly target him on technicals

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Five MLB teams that should trade for Manny Machado

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Eight NFL teams who simply need to start over

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Boogie, Z-Bo reach out and punch someone

Hawkeyes News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
THE B1G TIME

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Most important player on every team in each bowl matchup

NFL Week 15 Predictions

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Boogie, Z-Bo reach out and punch someone

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker