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#9 Iowa Set to Open Highly Anticipated Season
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The buzz has been building for Iowa's season since the day the Hawkeyes waltzed out of south Florida with their first BCS win.

For coach Kirk Ferentz, this is the year he's been building toward since he arrived in Iowa City over a decade ago.

The ninth-ranked Hawkeyes return 15 starters from the team that beat Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl in January. They'll take their highest preseason ranking since 1988 into Saturday's opener against FCS opponent Eastern Illinois.

The Hawkeyes have been on a roll since the end of 2008, winning 15 of their last 17 games after a two-and-a-half year lull to vault back onto the national radar.

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