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Hawkeye Fans Remain Optimistic About The Season

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- It's game day eve in Iowa City, and no one is short on energy.

As it is on any given Friday during football season, no one is short on analysis either.

"I got a tough schedule, there's no question about that," Hawkeye fan Louis Shields said

"Quarterback looked great, so if we can play another solid game we can win," fan Jackson Bates said.

Wins, or the lack thereof, have some Hawkeye fans concerned. With 3000 plus tickets still up for grabs to tomorrow's game against Missouri State, some wonder if that concern is spreading.

"Unfortunately I think a lot of fans have them on a little bit of a short leash this year, just because of the disappointment last year," fan Colin Baker said. " People are expecting a lot, Iowa football has high expectations."

However, fans say as today's pep rally showed, just because their expectations are high doesn't mean their fandom is dwindling.

"Hawkeye football still runs this town, and there are Hawkeye fans all over the country, so it's still gonna get electric," fan and student Komuri Lejukole said. "Student people will be bouncing at the pep rally, and they're going to be ready to go at Kinnick."

In fact, some had another explanation for the empty seats.

"It's still exhibition season," Shields said. "Wait till the big ten teams start rolling in, I think you'll see the stadium sold out."

With flashes of promise in last weeks game, fans say the best is yet to come...and they hope to be there to experience all of it

"I wouldn't give up on this team just yet," Baker said.
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