Iowa vs. Minnesota Prediction, Game Preview

    Iowa vs. Minnesota prediction and game preview. The Hawkeyes look to stay undefeated and in the College Football Playoff hunt as they host the Golden Gophers.

    September 26, 2016


    Minnesota (4-5) has fought the good fight since losing head coach Jerry Kill, but it hasn’t had the results to show for it. Derailing Iowa’s (9-0) dream season would do wonders in the rivalry fight for Floyd of Rosedale (it’s a pig), and it would change up the Big Ten season. Check out the Minnesota vs. Iowa game preview and prediction.

    Minnesota vs. Iowa Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, Nov. 14
    Game Time: 8:00 pm
    Venue: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA

    Network: BTN

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    Why You Need To Care

    Minnesota has lost three straight and four of the last five games, but it pushed Michigan and Ohio State really, really hard. Now it’s time to see if the Gophers can finally get over the hump in a tight game against a good team – it fought TCU hard in a loss, too. They’ve got to win two of their last three with Illinois and Wisconsin at home, but coming up with a road win at Iowa would make the final few weeks much easier. The offense has perked up a bit, but it’s going to take a special effort to pull off the win.

    Iowa knows where it stands, ranking fifth in the latest polls, but being just fine by winning out. With wins over Northwestern and Wisconsin, the Hawkeyes have a better resume than Ohio State and they just keep rolling along. All that matters is continuing to win, with Purdue and Nebraska to close things out. Win those two after getting by Minnesota, and the Big Ten championship is for a spot in the playoff. First things first, beat the Gophers, and Iowa takes the West with just one more win and/or a Wisconsin loss.

    Why Minnesota Will Win

    Iowa’s run defense has shown cracks in the armor. After dominating throughout the first seven games, the Hawkeyes struggled against Maryland running QB Perry Hills and finished allowing close to five yards per carry against the Terps. Jordan Howard helped Indiana tear off 227 yards and two scores averaging almost six yards per carry. Mitch Leidner has been more of a passer over the last few games, but he’s a dangerous runner to go along with the young backs that helped do a decent job against Michigan. With the Gophers throwing for 1,000 yards over the last three games, there’s some pop to the attack.

    Why Iowa Will Win

    Yeah, the Minnesota offense is working a bit better, but it could really, really use some cheap chances and points, and that’s probably not going to happen. Iowa was -1 in turnover margin against Illinois State to start the season, was even in the win over Iowa State the week after, and has been a +12 in every game since highlighted by 19 takeaways. Iowa doesn’t beat itself – Minnesota needs it to.

    Player Who Matters

    Minnesota K.J. Maye has emerged as the go-to target and the type of leader for the passing game the team has needed. He caught 11 passes for 94 yards against Nebraska, came up with some big grabs against Michigan, and was fantastic against Ohio State with ten catches for a season-high 116 yards and a touchdown. He might not be a deep threat, but he’s able to come up with the midrange grabs. Against Iowa, he has to keep the chains moving.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Iowa isn’t going to blow it now. The run defense will rise up, Leidner’s 250 yards through the air won’t be enough, and the Hawkeyes will slug their way to another unimpressive win to the masses, but will be just fine for the CFP committee.

    Minnesota vs. Iowa Prediction

    Final Score: Iowa 27, Minnesota 20, Line: Iowa -12.5, o/u: 45.5
    Must See Rating:5: Spectre … 1: The 33 … 3

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