Iowa vs. Indiana fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 13
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN
Iowa (4-1) vs. Indiana (4-2) Game Preview
One Reason Why Iowa Will Win
The lines are starting to kick it in.
The running game isn’t there quite yet, but the pass protection has been outstanding, and the defensive front is among the best in the country at getting into the backfield and to the quarterback.
With the time to work, Nate Stanley has quietly grown into a big-time producer for a passing game that hasn’t been there for a few years, He’s hit 300 yards in two of the last three games, and he averaged over 11 yards per throw against Wisconsin.
The Indiana secondary hadn’t played anyone who could throw, and then gave up a decent day to Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke, and last week, was hit for 455 yards and six touchdowns by Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins.
Stanley doesn’t have to bomb away, but he’ll keep the O going. The defensive front should be able to take care of the rest to get him the ball back.
One Reason Why Indiana Will Win
Indiana might not have a high-powered attack or an amazing defense, but it’s been able to get by on turnover margin. The D has come up with 13 takeaways on the year with multiple ones in three of the six games.
The Iowa offense might be better, but it’s also giving the ball away a bit lately with seven turnovers in the last three games. The Hoosiers have to be a +2, and they have to capitalize on all the mistakes.
The IU offense is starting to find its groove with the passing game, with Peyton Ramsey throwing for 272 yards or more in each of the three Big Ten games.
The passing combination of Nick Westbrook and J-Shun Harris are good enough to stretch a Hawkeye secondary that’s allowed more than 200 yards in each of the last three games and seven scores.
What’s Going To Happen
Will Indiana be reenergized? It has had two weeks off since losing to Ohio State, while Iowa has had emotional trophy games against Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Iowa is better, and it has the lines to pull this off, but the Hoosiers will be just pesky enough to keep this close. This won’t register on the national radar, but it’ll be a good, interesting game that will come down to a late Hawkeye scoring drive to survive.
Stanley will start to emerge in the discussion for the Big Ten’s third-best quarterback behind Dwayne Haskins and Trace McSorley. He’ll come through in the clutch.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Iowa 34, Indiana 27
Line: Iowa -5.5, o/u: 53
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3
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