Hawkeye HQ predictions: Experts don’t view Panthers as threat

Hawkeye Headquarters
Nate Stanley, Iowa

IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 08: Quarterback Nate Stanley #4 of the Iowa Hawkeyes is tripped up during the first half by defensive end Eyioma Uwazurike #50 of the Iowa State Cyclones on September 8, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

 

It’s Iowa-UNI nestled between Iowa State and Wisconsin. All the makings of a trap.

But these Hawkeyes aren’t expected to fall for it.

Let’s get right to the predictions.

Celebrity prediction
The Hawkeyes’ all-time leader in receptions returns for a second season of picks.
Kevonte Martin-Manley: Iowa 28, Northern Iowa 0

Hawkmania
Steve Batterson: Iowa 24, Northern Iowa 7
With Wisconsin on the horizon and Ivory Kelly-Martin and Ihmir Smith-Marsette both expected to sit this one out to heal injuries, expect an efficient but not flashy win in the Hawkeyes’ final tune-up before the start of Big Ten play. I do expect Iowa to work to gain confidence in the passing game early in this one. Northern Iowa has enough skill to keep this close, but expect the strength of Iowa’s line play to wear UNI down as the game progresses in a scenario which will lead the Hawkeyes to an unusually comfortable win against an opponent that has taken Iowa into the fourth quarter in its last three visits to Kinnick.

Featured predictions
Hawkeye Headquarters
Adam Rossow: Iowa 28, Northern Iowa 10
Dan Vasko: Iowa 34, Northern Iowa 14


National predictions
SBNation
Bill Connelly: Iowa 20, Northern Iowa 0

Athlon Sports
Steven Lassan: Iowa
Mitch Light: Iowa 27, Northern Iowa 0
Braden Gall: Iowa

Hawkeye State predictions
The Athletic
Scott Dochterman: Iowa 44, Northern Iowa 6

The Gazette
Marc Morehouse: Iowa 31, Northern Iowa 7

Hawk Central
Chad Leistikow:  Iowa 38, Northern Iowa 10

Go Iowa Awesome
Mark Hasty: Iowa 30, Northern Iowa 22

All Hawkeyes
Pat Harty: Iowa 31, Northern Iowa 10

Black Heart Gold Pants
Max Brekke: Iowa 30, Northern Iowa 13
Jordan Hansen: Iowa 20, Northern Iowa 10
JPinIC: Iowa 24, Northern Iowa 3
Hello Jerry: Iowa 31, Northern Iowa 9
Trez: Iowa 33, Northern Iowa 6
Matt Cabel: Iowa 27, Northern Iowa 17
BoilerHawk: Iowa 40, Northern Iowa 10
Benjamin Ross: Iowa 24, Northern Iowa 17

#IowaSim18 simulation
Cody Hills: Iowa 31, Northern Iowa 13

Irrelevant prediction
@Hawkologist
And finally, the totally irrelevant prediction based on playing EA Sports’ NCAA Football 2004 on a PS2, as is the tradition since 2015.
Ryan Jaster: Hawkeyes 37, Northern Iowa 14. What didn’t fit in the tweet below is that there were six turnovers — three by each team.

Prognosis: We’re almost 10 years removed from the famous — infamous? — 17-16 Hawkeyes win that required two late blocked field goals to secure. Time heals all wounds, and so UNI isn’t an upset special for even one of the experts above. No pain predicted.  

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