Iowa vs. Michigan fearless prediction and game preview.
Iowa vs. Michigan Broadcast
Date: Saturday, October 5
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
Iowa (4-0) vs. Michigan (3-1) Game Preview
Why Iowa Will Win
The Iowa defense has been a killer so far.
It doesn’t get behind the line – it’s last in the nation in tackles for loss – but it allowed 34 points over the four games, is a brick wall against the run, and has been able to clamp down with a strong set of playmaking corners.
The Hawkeyes are second in the nation in fewest penalties, lead the country in fewest turnovers – just one so far – and overall, it’s been an air-tight team that’s doing everything right. That includes the veteran quarterback.
Nate Stanley is easily the best veteran quarterback the Wolverines have faced so far, and he’s not screwing up. He’s hitting 64% of his throws for 965 yards with eight scores and no picks.
Throw in the ground game that’s averaging well over 200 yards per game, and Iowa is playing a whole lot like the Wisconsin team that thumped the Wolverines a few weeks ago.
The Hawkeyes have the lines. Michigan’s offensive front hasn’t been physical enough throughout the year, and it can be hammered on a bit if Iowa can commit to the ground attack early on.
Why Michigan Will Win
Did the Wolverines figure it out?
It might have only been a whacking of Rutgers, but it was the exact performance the Michigan offense needed to have coming off the Wisconsin disaster.
Shea Patterson was sharp – hitting 17-of-23 passes for 276 yards – and there was just enough from the running backs to add a little something to the mix.
The ground game won’t do anything against the Hawkeye D, though – be stunned if the Wolverines average close to four yards per carry. This game is on Patterson, and his receiving corps is the best that Iowa will face all season long.
Iowa State doesn’t have the receiver talent Michigan boasts, and it rolled for 327 yards and two scores on a great day from Brock Purdy. With no pass rush to worry about, Patterson can do the same.
What’s Going To Happen
Do you care about history? Iowa has won five of the last six in the series, and it has the toughness and make-up to slow down and stall the Michigan offense if it starts making a whole slew of mistakes like it did before the Rutgers game.
Patterson will get time to work – the lack of an Iowa pass rush will be a big deal – and he’ll pick the right game to come up with something big.
The Wolverine D will generate an inspired effort, the home field advantage will matter, and Michigan will come up with its strongest win of the year.
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Iowa vs. Michigan Prediction, Line
Michigan 26, Iowa 17
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2019 Iowa Football Schedule
2019 Record: 4-0
2019 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2019 Preseason Big Ten Prediction: 5-4
2018 Record: 9-4
Aug. 31 Miami Univ. W 38-14
Sept. 7 Rutgers W 30-0
Sept. 14 at Iowa State W 18-17
Sept. 21 OPEN DATE
Sept. 28 Middle Tennessee W 48-3
Oct. 5 at Michigan L
Oct. 12 Penn State W
Oct. 19 Purdue W
Oct. 26 at Northwestern L
Nov. 2 OPEN DATE
Nov. 9 at Wisconsin L
Nov. 16 Minnesota W
Nov. 23 Illinois W
Nov. 29 at Nebraska L
2019 Michigan Football Schedule
2019 Record: 3-1
2019 Preseason Prediction: 11-1
2019 Preseason Big Ten Prediction: 8-1
2018 Record: 10-3
Aug. 31 Middle Tennessee W 40-21
Sept. 7 Army W 24-21 OT
Sept. 14 OPEN DATE
Sept. 21 at Wisconsin L 35-14
Sept. 28 Rutgers W 52-0
Oct. 5 Iowa W
Oct. 12 at Illinois W
Oct. 19 at Penn State L
Oct. 26 Notre Dame W
Nov. 2 at Maryland W
Nov. 9 OPEN DATE
Nov. 16 Michigan State W
Nov. 23 at Indiana W
Nov. 30 Ohio State L