While on a golf course in Goodlettsville, TN last week, a Georgia Bulldog fan saw my Iowa Hawkeyes apparel and asked, "Is Iowa going to be any good this year?"
I responded with a string of questions: How would you feel about Georgia's chances if you had a Senior QB coming back with an 18-4 record as a starter? How would you feel if one of your starting defensive ends was on just about every watch list for defensive awards this year? How would you feel if you had 14 starters returning from an Orange Bowl winning team?
The man answered exactly the way I expected him to answer: "Iowa's that good? Really?"
Yes, sir. Really. Iowa is that good. They were the best team you'd never heard about until just before last year's OSU game when our then second-longest active win streak was touted and summarily crushed. Yes, sir. Iowa is that good.
Until recently, only the Iowa faithful were aware of it. We've even had to fend off the usual Iowa Cynics who claim that a 2-10 season is just around the corner.
As a Hawkeye faithful, I love being able to win in anonymity and succeed in stealth only to surprise people at the end of the year. I like to be like the Spanish Inquisition... and no one expects the Spanish Inquisition.