Iowa vs. Rutgers Prediction, Game Preview

Iowa vs. Rutgers Prediction, Game Preview

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Iowa vs. Rutgers Prediction, Game Preview

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Iowa vs. Rutgers fearless prediction and game preview.


Iowa vs. Rutgers Broadcast

Date: Saturday, September 7
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue:  Kinnick Stadium. Iowa City, IA
Network: FS1

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Iowa (1-0) vs. Rutgers (1-0) Game Preview

Why Iowa Will Win

Rutgers doesn’t have the lines.

Iowa might still be doing some rebuilding, but everything looked great in the opener against Miami University in the trenches. The defensive side allowed just 59 rushing yards, the offensive front pounded away for over five yards per carry, and both sides wore down the RedHawks as the game went on.

Rutgers overcame then awful start against UMass with an explosive second quarter, and then dominated the time of possession from there in what turned into a 48-21 blowout. It’s a more interesting and improved Scarlet Knight offense, but the opportunities will be there to come up with takeaways.

The Iowa defensive front should generate enough pressure to force the mistakes – Rutgers threw three picks last week. But …

Why Rutgers Will Win

This really is an upgraded Rutgers O. It might have gone against a miserable UMass team that’s in the midst of a total rebuild, but it was still an impressive explosion.

Former Texas Tech QB McLane Carter threw for 340 yards, Isaih Pacheco ran for 157 yards and four scores, and for the first time in years, the team has dangerous weapons to worry about.

Iowa might not be able to play this close to the vest. It’s good at getting control of games and dominating the tempo and time of possession. But if Rutgers really has taken that big step forward, simply playing not to lose might be dangerous.

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What’s Going To Happen

Iowa is going to need a bit to put this away.

Rutgers looked miserable to start last week, only to come back roaring. This time around, watch out for the Scarlet Knights to get out to a big first quarter, but slow and steady will win the race. Iowa will power its way to the lead, and it’ll come up with a few home runs of its own.

It’ll be an entertaining game and a wee bit more of a push for the Hawkeyes than the home base might like.
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Iowa vs. Rutgers Prediction, Line

Iowa 41, Rutgers 24
Line: Iowa -20, o/u: 50
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Must See Rating: 2.5

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