Hawkeye HQ predictions: Floyd of Rosedale returns to Iowa

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 8: Iowa celebrate a win of the game against Minnesota with Floyd of Rosedale Trophy on October 8, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Iowa defeated Minnesota 14-7. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

 

We’re just five games into the season, but Iowa’s facing its third trophy game already. The Hawkeyes are going for a senior sweep of Floyd of Rosedale on Saturday.

Many of the national experts that turned an eye toward the Hawkeyes’ last game against Wisconsin stuck around to make predictions for Iowa-Minnesota this week. And the overwhelming majority of national, regional and local predictors are picking one team. 

But I don’t want to completely spoil it, so let’s get right to the selection show.

Celebrity prediction
The Hawkeyes’ all-time leader in receptions returns for a second season of picks.
Kevonte Martin-Manley: Iowa 28, Minnesota 10

Featured predictions
Hawkmania
Steve Batterson: Iowa 28, Minnesota 7
The Hawkeyes’ first road test of the season comes against a Minnesota team that has decent young talent, much of it still trying to figure out what it takes to compete in the Big Ten. This is a match-up where Iowa’s defensive line should be able to create some havoc and where the Hawkeyes’ backfield trio of Ivory Kelly-Martin, Toren Young and Mekhi Sargent should find room to run against a defense which surrendered 315 rushing yards to Maryland two weeks ago. Expect the Hawkeyes to bring home the bacon for a fourth straight year.

Hawkeye Headquarters
Adam Rossow: Iowa 24, Minnesota 14
Dan Vasko: Iowa 35, Minnesota 10

National predictions
SBNation
Bill Connelly: Iowa 22, Minnesota 17

Athlon Sports
Steven Lassan: Iowa
Mitch Light: Iowa 
Braden Gall: Iowa

Bleacher Report
David Kenyon: Iowa 31, Minnesota 16

The Athletic
Stewart Mandel: Iowa 20, Minnesota 10
Bruce Feldman: Iowa 20, Minnesota 6

CBS Sports
Tom Fornelli: Iowa 24, Minnesota 13

Hawkeye State predictions
The Athletic
Scott Dochterman: Iowa 31, Minnesota 13

The Gazette
Marc Morehouse: Iowa 
Jeff Johnson: Iowa 28, Minnesota 14
Mike Hlas: Iowa 20, Minnesota 9

Hawk Central
Chad Leistikow: Iowa 28, Minnesota 10

Go Iowa Awesome
RossWB: Iowa 27, Minnesota 13 

All Hawkeyes
Pat Harty: Iowa 31, Minnesota 13 

Black Heart Gold Pants
Max Brekke: Iowa 24, Minnesota 13
Jordan Hansen: Iowa 24, Minnesota 21
JPinIC: Iowa 27, Minnesota 17
Hello Jerry: Iowa 72, Minnesota 6  
Matt Cabel: Iowa 21, Minnesota 17
BoilerHawk: Iowa 17, Minnesota 3 
Benjamin Ross: Iowa 31, Minnesota 10
Matt Reisener: Iowa 24, Minnesota 14

#IowaSim18 simulation
Cody Hills: Iowa 23, Minnesota 10

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 32, Minnesota 28. The Golden Gophers build a 21-6 lead off of two interceptions — one returned 90 yards for a touchdown — a surprisingly dominant run game and a missed extra point. Iowa fights back through the air, with the tight ends finishing with 198 yards and three touchdowns. A fumble recovery sets up the penultimate touchdown, and a 1-yard fullback plunge with 5 seconds left gives the Hawks their first and final lead.

Prognosis: The predictions above are as one-sided as it gets. I was surprised when Northern Iowa didn’t get a token vote by a rebellious expert, but no one is picking Minnesota at home in a rivalry game? That’s a surprise… or is it an omen? Either way, no pain predicted. None. 29-0. Just more of this.

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