Iowa's offensive issues have been there from the beginning of the season. If they haven't addressed them by now, it may be too late.
The Hawkeyes would have lost to Penn State if not for one big play in which the PSU defense was caught napping. (Also, Iowa would most certainly have lost to PSU had the Lions not lost their QB to injury and replaced him with a backup who appeared to have no idea what he was doing.)
Can't disagree with anything you said. The Hawks have been ridiculously overrated from the beginning of the season. My wife and I cringed when the Hawks came out #5 in the national rankings and then #2 the next week. I'm not sure they should even be ranked at all. We've seen this happen with the Hawks countless times over the years. Sometimes the coaching staff gets it together and the Hawks will finish the season strong. But too often they come out highly ranked only to be a huge disappointment.
I'd rather see them ranked around #20 to #25 (or not at all) and have them earn their way to higher rankings. Maybe Coach Ferentz can perform another miracle, turn things around, and take the team to another bowl. They do just have one loss...so far. I still think Ferentz is an outstanding head coach. But I'm not sure they are even minor bowl material right now after their miserable showing against Purdue. I've never seen a team so thoroughly defeated. And that's an understatement. I mean, they consistently have little to no offense. You can't win football games with no offense. I even think their highly touted defense is at least somewhat overrated.
They have a bye next weekend then they're at Wisconsin. Wisconsin is not a dominating team this year (although not a push over either), so maybe the Hawks can eek out a win there which would make them bowl eligible for sure. But if their performance vs Purdue is any indication at all they'd likely be an embarrassment in a bowl game. I really wish I could be more optimistic. Overrated for sure. We can only hope not.