How does one determine that a team is going through tough times? It features the kicker on its poster schedule.
Yes, these are lean years in Iowa City. Since Nov. 13, 2010, Iowa is 12-17, with two of the victories coming against Division I-AA opponents. Worse yet, Kirk Ferentz's team enters 2013 saddled with a six-game losing streak.
The Hawkeyes should be able to get off to a decent start. The nonconference schedule includes two Mid-American opponents and a Division I-AA team, all at home. Then there is a road game at Iowa State. Winnable, but Ferentz is only 6-8 against his in-state rival.
Big Ten play, as always, will be a challenge. Ferentz's league record is 59-52, thus meaning 2013 will be another struggle for the Hawkeyes.