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Can't Wait For Saturday | What will the new boss mean for Iowa's offense? We we will learn soon enough

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Greetings from "Can't Wait For Saturday," your morning morsel of college football, courtesy of longtime Illini beat writer, AP Top 25 voter and Heisman state rep Bob Asmussen. He'll give you his views each day on the game he loves.

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Being in Hawkeye country for Sunday's Illinois-Iowa men's basketball game reminds me the football team at Kinnick Stadium has a new offensive coordinator.

After years of grumbling about the offense run by Brian Ferentz, Kirk Ferentz's son, the program made a change.

Not an easy conversation. No father ever has wanted to fire his own son. But the fans and the administration demanded it, so Brian is out.

In his place, Iowa hired former Western Michigan head coach Tim Lester. He will also coach the quarterbacks.

Reporters I have talked to about the change have a good early impression of Lester, who is from Illinois. Of course, the bar is low.

Iowa's defense is so good that the Hawkeyes will always be in games. But the struggles of the offense made a jump to an even higher level impossible.

Now, the pressure is on Lester in the Really Big Ten.

Fortunately, the schedule is not overwhelming. No Michigan, Penn State or Oregon. The Hawkeyes do go to Ohio State and host Washington. The best nonconference opponent is rival Iowa State. And the Cyclones visit Kinnick Stadium.

Mediocre offense will be good enough for Iowa to keep winning. If it works better than expected, a push for the expanded playoffs is within reach.

Stay tuned. I know I will.