Hawkeyes Mic: Hawkeyes-Hoosiers Predictions (11/06/15)
The Hawkeyes Mic picks are in for the Iowa-Indiana game. And this week, once again, it’s unanimous. Check them out — see if you agree or disagree.
Scott Dochterman — Iowa 45–31: While this is the scariest remaining game on Iowa’s schedule, the Hawkeyes don’t have a clear deficiency and Indiana does. If Iowa plays sound defense — unlike last year — the Hawkeyes should slow the Hoosiers’ attack. (The Gazette; @ScottDochterman on Twitter)
Steve Batterson — Iowa 27–24: While time of possession doesn’t always tell the tale, it will be extremely important for Iowa’s Offense in this game. Keep the Hoosiers’ suspect Defense on the field should be the goal. The Hawkeyes’ O-Line also needs to keep C.J. Beathard clean. Iowa’s Defense needs to set the edge and swarm to the ball — something it’s done all season — to contain Indiana’s potent Offense. (The Quad City Times; @SBatt79 on Twitter)
Tyler Tjelmeland — Iowa 38–27: Indiana is good for a big play or two when they have the ball, but the Hawkeyes’ ability to force turnovers and make the Hoosiers into a one-dimensional offense favors Iowa. Plus, the IU rush defense is really bad and Iowa can have its way in the run attack. (Hawkeyes Mic; @TylerTJ on Twitter)
John Patchett — Iowa 45–24: I think all four of us here agree this is potentially the biggest threat to Iowa finishing undefeated in the Big Ten West. It’s a scary game because (1) Indiana has generally played up to its competition this season, and (2) the Hoosiers have a potent and quick-strike offense. But this group of Hawkeyes has shown its own ability to put up excellent offensive numbers — plus Indiana’s Defense is, well, pretty awful (again). On the other hand, Iowa’s Defense speaks for itself. (Hawkeyes Mic; @HawkeyesMic on Twitter)