Iowa vs. Middle Tennessee fearless prediction and game preview
Iowa vs. Middle Tennessee Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 28
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
Iowa (3-0) vs. Middle Tennessee (1-2) Game Preview
Why Middle Tennessee Will Win
There’s enough offensive talent to be pesky.
There wasn’t too much like in the 41-18 loss to Duke last week, and the 40-21 loss to Michigan wasn’t as close as the final score, but QB Asher O’Hara is an interesting baller who’s deadly accurate in the Blue Raider system, can hit on a few deep throws, and is just efficient enough to make the Hawkeyes worry a bit.
Iowa isn’t generating a lick of a pass rush and is dead last in college football in tackles for loss per game. The D is working just fine – it’s only allowing 263 yards per game – but give O’Hara time and he’ll hit more than 70% of his throws.
Iowa State’s Brock Purdy threw for 327 yards and two scores on the Hawkeye secondary. Middle Tennessee should be able to get the same production.
Why Iowa Will Win
Middle Tennessee can’t stop the run at all.
The Blue Raiders move with a nice pace offensively, but despite O’Hara’s accuracy they don’t move the chains well enough and do nothing to control the clock. Iowa’s running game hasn’t been anything special, but it’s good enough to hit 200 yards on this D.
Throw in QB Nate Stanley’s ability to connect on third down throws – and defense’s ability to get off the field in a hurry – and Iowa should be able to hold the ball for close to 40 minutes.
The O should grind down the Middle Tennessee defense that doesn’t get to the quarterback, either, to a nub. Stanley will have all day to operate.
What’s Going To Happen
Don’t expect anything amazing. It’s going to be all about Iowa controlling the game with a balanced attack from the start, but Middle Tennessee will score just enough in the first half to make this a wee bit interesting.
Stanley will take target practice. Duke’s Quentin Harris hit the Blue Raider secondary for a 24-of-27 day with four touchdowns. Expect something close to that.
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Iowa vs. Middle Tennessee Prediction, Line
Iowa 38, Middle Tennessee 13
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