Minnesota vs. Iowa Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Minnesota vs. Iowa fearless prediction and game preview.
Minnesota (4-3) vs. Iowa (4-3) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 28th
Game Time: 6:30 pm ET
Venue: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
It’s Floyd of Rosedale time. The two schools are playing for a trophy of a pig, and they’re also playing to be almost set for a bowl bid.
Minnesota is struggling, having a hard time getting by a miserable Illinois team at home after starting out the Big Ten season 0-3. With at Michigan, Nebraska, at Northwestern and Wisconsin to close, even if the Gophers win, it’s not going to be easy to get that sixth game to go bowling. Lose, and forget about it.
Iowa has a similar issue. With Ohio State, at Wisconsin, Purdue and at Nebraska to go, it has an easier road to a bowl – at least after dealing with the Buckeyes and Badgers – and getting to six wins shouldn’t be a problem if it can get by the Gophers.
But the Hawkeyes are stumbling, losing three of the last four. On the plus side, all three losses were by a touchdown or less. However, that doesn’t matter if they can win this week. They’re not going to the Big Ten championship, but they can still finish second in the West.
One Reason Why Minnesota Will Win
If the Gopher running game works, it should be able to pull this off.
Minnesota lost to Purdue after running for 227 yards, but it won the other three times it hit the 200-yard mark. Last week, both Kobe McCrary and Rodney Smith hit the 100-yard mark against Illinois, overcoming a sloppy overall game from the offense that didn’t show off any sort of a passing game.
The Iowa defense has talent, and it’s had a few good moments, but it can be barreled on at times – Illinois ran for 200 yards and Northwestern ran when it absolutely had to.
This isn’t a dangerous enough Iowa offense to explode to a big statistical day. Even with Akrum Wadley, and even with a passing attack that’s had its moments, the points aren’t coming.
The Gophers need to keep this a low-scoring battle that comes down to ball control – that won’t be a problem for a team that owns the clock for well over 32 minutes a game.
One Reason Why Iowa Will Win
Which Minnesota passing game will show up?
Illinois hardly has a dominant secondary, and yet Gopher QB Demry Croft managed to hit just 5-of-15 passes for 47 yards with a touchdown and two picks last week.
The Gophers were able to crank up 216 yards and three touchdown passes against Michigan State, and they were able to throw on Maryland, but they threw too many picks – six in the last four games – and the accuracy isn’t there.
Can Iowa keep Minnesota from cranking up the big play down the field? If it can, the midrange throws won’t be there, either.
This might not be a rock of an Hawkeye secondary, but it hasn’t allowed a touchdown pass in the last two games.
What’s Going To Happen
Iowa is the better team, but it was the better team in the loss to Northwestern, too.
The team that gets up early will likely take this.
Neither team has much of an offense – scoring has been like pulling teeth at times – and both teams like to keep the score low. At home, Iowa will have a bit more balance, and the D will stiffen up a bit more when it has to.
Minnesota’s ground game is fine, but with a wee more of a passing game, Iowa will slip by.
Minnesota vs. Iowa Prediction
Iowa 30, Minnesota 17
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