Iowa vs. Iowa State Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Iowa vs. Iowa State fearless prediction and game preview.
Iowa (1-0) vs. Iowa State (1-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9th
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA
It’s always a big rivalry and it always seems to defy logic and reason at the strangest of times – Iowa is almost always the better, more talented team.
But Iowa has won the last few meetings including a 42-3 walloping last year in Iowa City. But this is a better Cyclone team under head coach Matt Campbell, and this is the time when the program needs a big win like this to take the next step forward.
Or a step forward.
The Cyclones needed to fight it out to get by Northern Iowa, but that was a decent test against another instate rival team with a chip on its shoulder. The passing game worked, the run defense solid, and it was a nice performance to get ready for the big one.
Iowa welcomed in the apparent new Cam Newton – Josh Allen – and dropped a hammer on him and Wyoming. It was everything Hawkeye fans could’ve wanted with a great game from the defense, a strong performance from the running game, and just enough from Nathan Stanley to suggest that there might be a passing attack.
That was good, but lose to Iowa State, and the potential for a huge season quickly changes.
One Reason Why Iowa Will Win
The Iowa State ground game won’t go anywhere.
Iowa might have a few issues to still overcome – the passing attack needed to be a bit more effective – but the defense was great from the start against a dangerous Cowboy offense.
Wyoming running backs had nowhere to go, getting held to just 59 yards as Josey Jewell and Ben Neimann put on a show, combining for 27 stops with Jewell sacking Allen twice.
Iowa State was able to get two touchdowns and 82 yards out of David Montgomery, but it was a grind. The Cyclones have to go up top to pull this off, and fortunately …
One Reason Why Iowa State Will Win
Jacob Park looked the part.
Former starting quarterback Joel Lanning was just fine against UNI at linebacker, and Park came through with the gig all to himself, completing 27-of-35 passes for 271 yards and two scores with a pick.
Yes, Iowa shut down Allen and the Wyoming passing game, but the future top five overall draft pick didn’t get any help from his receivers. Allen threw two picks and didn’t get anything going deep, but when the chances were there, the targets didn’t come through.
Allen Lazard won’t make those mistakes.
With Hakeem Butler coming off a nice game as the No. 2 target, and Lazard one of the nation’s top receivers, the Iowa secondary will be tested.
What’s Going To Happen
Lather, rinse, Wyoming, repeat.
Iowa’s defense will swarm all over the Iowa State ground game, the 1-2 rushing punch of Akrum Wadley and James Butler will take the pressure off Stanley, and the Hawkeyes will pull off a solid win in a charged up environment.
Iowa State can’t win this without being +2 in turnover margin and with at least 150 rushing yards. Neither one will happen.
Iowa vs. Iowa State Prediction
Iowa 30, Iowa State 10
Iowa -2.5, o/u: 48
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