Hawkeyes Mic: Hawkeyes-Gophers Predictions (11/13/15)
The Hawkeyes Mic picks are in for the Iowa-Minnesota game. And this week, as it’s been for most of the season, it is unanimous. Check them out — see if you agree or disagree.
Scott Dochterman — Iowa 31–7: The Hawkeyes run defense is too stout and the Gophers are too banged up. With the harvest almost complete, Floyd gets some fresh corn. (The Gazette; @ScottDochterman on Twitter)
Steve Batterson — Iowa 31–17: The Golden Gophers have expended a lot of emotional energy the past two weeks against Michigan and Ohio State, and while Floyd of Rosedale is on the line, expect Iowa to turnaround last year’s dismal performance in Minneapolis. Injuries in the Minnesota secondary could lead to a strong-armed night for C.J. Beathard and Iowa receivers as the perfect compliment to a healthy running attack. (The Quad City Times; @SBatt79 on Twitter)
Tyler Tjelmeland — Iowa 27–17: The Gophers have been riding an emotional wave the past few weeks and have played the top of the B1G tough. I see that trend continuing, but I have Iowa pulling away at the end with tough defense and key forced turnovers. Sellout at Kinnick bodes well for a trophy game at night. (Hawkeyes Mic; @TylerTJ on Twitter)
John Patchett — Iowa 35–13: This is a tale of two sets of injuries: both teams have been hit hard but the Hawkeyes have shown more depth and flexibility in overcoming them. The Gophers Offense is last in the Big Ten and 122th in the nation — Iowa’s Defense ranks very high nationally in multiple categories. Minnesota’s Defense is pretty good but has suffered even more injuries this week. Iowa rolls, gets to 10–0 for the first time in program history, and needs to win just one of its last two games to play in the conference championship game. (Hawkeyes Mic; @HawkeyesMic on Twitter)