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Monday, May 13, 2013

Statistical Review: Iowa #80

Iowa began the 2012 season at 4-2 with wins over Northern Illinois and Michigan State and two losses by a combined four points. They finished the season 4-8. Why?

Oddly, according to the numbers, Iowa's performance didn't trend down, or up, during the 2012 season. A combination of tougher opponents and a little bit of bad luck - three losses to Indiana, Purdue and Nebraska by a combined 13 points - haunted the Hawkeyes. Speaking of haunting, AIRBHG also made an appearance in 2012, but probably wasn't a critical factor.

Iowa's defense was solid . . . well, average . . .  outside of an inability to get in the backfield. On offense, the only thing the Hawkeyes really had going for them were the turnovers. 

The Statistical Review breaks down teams along a number of performance categories, everything from red zone scoring to field goal percentage, and compares that performance against the rest of the FBS. All 124 teams will be reviewed from 124 to 1 by the hybrid rankings. You can find short descriptions of the stats used in the table below.

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