Iowa Football: Does Floyd of Rosedale decide 2019’s success?

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 06: Seth Green #17 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers scores a touchdown against Amani Hooker #27 of the Iowa Hawkeyes during the third quarter of the game on October 6, 2018 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Iowa defeated Minnesota 48-31. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Iowa football has gone through ups and downs this year. So is a win for Floyd of Rosedale on Saturday enough to call it a success?

I have to admit that I’m a newer Hawkeye fan. I did not grow up in Iowa, so it wasn’t until 1999 when I knew I would be attending Iowa, that I became a fan of Iowa football.

When I started college in 2001, Iowa football went through a renaissance of success that has not been duplicated since.

As a newer fan, I was spoiled. In 2002, Iowa won the Big Ten and truly looked like one of the best teams in the country.

Yes, I remember the Orange Bowl against USC, but when you look at the Trojan roster and recognize that the loss still wasn’t as bad as the 2016 Rose Bowl, you have to appreciate where Iowa football was then.

The next two seasons all yielded 10+ win seasons, a number 8 finish in the AP Poll, and a second Big Ten Title (in 2004). This Big Ten Championship, of course, would be the last conference title for Iowa football, as of 2019.

At this point, you may be asking yourself why this story matters or how it pertains to Saturday’s game against Minnesota.

Simply put, this is my bias. My expectations were inflated because of Kirk Ferentz’s early success at Iowa. On the other side of things, Kirk Ferentz has been the head coach for Iowa football for the entirety of my fandom.

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