Check out the Iowa vs. Minnesota fearless prediction and game preview.
Iowa (3-2) vs. Minnesota (3-1) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Why Iowa Will Win
Can the Hawkeyes stop the slide? But how?
They’ve struggled with their explosion and consistency, and it’s not okay to have lost at home to North Dakota State and Northwestern, but the Minnesota attack hasn’t been a flash of explosion, either.
Step One is to rely on C.J. Beathard. He’s one of the positives out of the Northwestern loss, hitting 70% of his passes for 204 yards and a score with a pick, but he’s got to be protected better. Minnesota doesn’t really have the pass rush to provide a whole slew of issues.
Beathard has to figure out how to get Trace McSorley hot and take over the offense like the Penn State quarterback did in last week’s overtime win. He has to be the one to start grinding out drives and give the D a break.
Step Two is to slow down the Gopher ground game. It’s good, but not a killer. Iowa isn’t getting the production on the defensive front, but there’s still talent and experience in place to be a whole lot better.
Step Three is to not let Minnesota …
Why Minnesota Will Win
Own the clock. Iowa has been a nightmare in terms of time of possession, keeping the ball for under 22 minutes per game. Mitch Leidner is doing what Beathard isn’t, hitting the third down throws and getting enough of a ground game. Minnesota isn’t having any sort of a problem moving the offense.
Iowa’s defensive front isn’t getting gashed, but it’s not coming up with enough good stops on first downs allowing around 200 rushing yards per game over the last three.
At home, between the 1-2 punch of Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith – each hit the 100-yard mark against Penn State – and the mobility of calmness of Leidner, the Gophers should be in control of the tempo throughout.
What’s Going To Happen?
Minnesota will bounce back after giving one away in Happy Valley.
Iowa just isn’t playing well enough right now to handle a team with a strong ground game and solid enough defense to get by.
Iowa has won three of the last four, and Minneapolis can be Iowa City North with the fan invasion, but Leidner will outplay Beathard and the Gopher lines will be better.
Iowa vs. Minnesota Prediction
Final Score: Minnesota 31, Iowa 27
Line: Iowa -1.5, o/u: 51
ATS Confidence: 5: Served on a tee – 1: Not even with your $ … 3
Must See Rating: 5: Baldwin as Trump – 1: Masterminds … 3.5