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Pat Harty: Could Iowa football go 9-3 next season?

[ 0 ] March 28, 2014 |

I recently slipped into a trance and came up with these 20 predictions that I’d like to now share with you.

The Iowa football team will finish 9-3 during the 2014 regular season, with its losses coming at Pittsburgh, at Maryland and at home against Wisconsin.

Feeling more comfortable with a season of Big Ten competition under his belt, 6-foot-9 forward Jarrod Uthoff will lead a balanced Iowa men’s basketball team in scoring as a junior next season.

Iowa running back Mark Weisman carries the ball during an NCAA college football game between the University of Iowa and Iowa State on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. (Charlie Litchfield/The Register)

Iowa running back Mark Weisman carries the ball during an NCAA college football game between the University of Iowa and Iowa State on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. (Charlie Litchfield/The Register)

Iowa running backs Mark Weisman, Jordan Canzeri and LeShun Daniels each will rush for at least 400 yards during the 2014 season.

Tevaun Smith will become the first player from Canada for as long as I can remember to lead the Iowa football team in receiving yards this coming season. The Toronto native finished third in that category as a sophomore last season with 310 yards.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will not repeat as the Heisman Trophy winner in 2014. He’ll finish third in the voting behind UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley and Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller.

Sophomore linebacker Reggie Spearman will lead the Iowa football team in tackles this fall despite only being 18 years old.

Brandon Scherff will become the fourth left tackle to play under Kirk Ferentz at Iowa to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft, joining Robert Gallery, Bryan Bulaga and Riley Reiff.

Wichita State men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall finally will grow out of his mid-major britches and take a higher profile job this spring, although it won’t be the Michigan State job as the next prediction explains.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will not resign to coach the Detroit Pistons, but he will lead the Spartans to the 2014 national title.

This might be stating the obvious, but the next player to commit to the Iowa football team’s 2015 recruiting class will not be a quarterback. Hawkeye fans already are scratching their heads over the fact that three of the six players committed to the 2015 class play quarterback.

In response to his son’s singing online prom invitation to the daughter of Iowa State men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads will tell reporters at his next news conference how proud he is to be the father of such a creative and determined go-getter.

Continuing with the Iowa State theme, Fred Hoiberg will resign to become the head coach for the New York Knicks in early April only to change his mind 48 hours later and return to home sweet home, where he has built one of the top programs in the Big 12 Conference.

It might take a year or two, but Steve Alford will be the next men’s basketball coach at his beloved alma mater Indiana, assuming it’s still his beloved alma mater after being passed over for the job, not once, not twice, but three times. Tom Crean’s popularity in Bloomington, Ind., is fading fast, while Alford did well enough in his first season as the UCLA head coach — the Bruins finished 27-9, advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and won the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament — to please everyone except UCLA fans.

Bruce Pearl will have Auburn playing in the NCAA Tournament in his second season as head coach, assuming he behaves or isn’t caught by the NCAA misbehaving by then.

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini at least once next season will embarrass his school with yet another sideline tirade and with the rudeness to the press that’ll come afterward.

Hawkeye fans will protest vehemently in response to an announcement by UI officials this summer that fun is now being prohibited from the football tailgating experience. UI officials will ultimately back down and allow tailgaters to have fun — on a limited basis.

The commercials with the two middle-aged men sitting in a car in a Sonic drive-thru will stop being aired this spring. Actually, this is more wishful thinking than a prediction.

The Iowa baseball team will make the Big Ten Tournament under first-year coach Rick Heller as a No. 4 seed.

The Connecticut women’s basketball team will defeat Notre Dame in the national title game, although I didn’t need to be in a trance to make that prediction.

Two or three of the top young players in college basketball will end their careers playing for Hoiberg at Iowa State. They just don’t know it yet.

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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