Consistent Hawkeyes

October 7, 2009

Written by Jon Miller

When taking a look at wins in ten year spans from the 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s, Iowa’s football program has been a very consistent winner when compared to the rest of the college football nation.

Iowa went 77-40-4 (.652) in the 1980’s, the 25th best winning percentage of the decade (link for list).
Iowa went 62-53-2 (.538) in the 1990’s, which was the 53rd best winning percentage of the decade (links for list).

So far in the 2000’s, Iowa is 74-43 (.632), including this years 5-0 start. Prior to the start of this season, here were the totals from the first nine seasons of the decade. That was good for the 32nd best winning percentage in the decade prior to the 5-0 start, but South Florida had just 60 wins as they were not FBS the entire decade. Iowa has a shot, depending on how the rest of their season goes, to challenge for another Top 25 decade in winning percentage, but it will certainly finish in the Top 30. When you toss out the non-BCS conference names on that list, Iowa was 25th before the year began.

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When you look at the three decades in total, Iowa is one of just 20 BCS schools that will finish each decade with at least 62 wins. If you look at the entire 29 year period, without any wins factored in from this year, Iowa has the 23rd best winning percentage among BCS conference schools, which is where they are likely to stay regardless of what happens the rest of the way. They may be able to move into 21st for the three-decade span in total wins, factoring in a 9 win season this year, depending on how Washington and UCLA finishes. Perhaps Iowa will do better than that.

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The bottom line; Iowa is one of the Top 25 football programs in all of college football over the last 29 years, and is making a push this year to sneak into the discussion of the Top 20 programs of the past 30 years, AND they have had just two head coaches during that time. That’s stability, and as Hayden Fry would say, that’s some tall cotton.

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