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.
The Hawkeyes’ all-time leader in receptions returns for a second season of picks.
Kevonte Martin-Manley: Iowa 28, Minnesota 10
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.
Adam Rossow: Iowa 24, Minnesota 14
Dan Vasko: Iowa 35, Minnesota 10
Bill Connelly: Iowa 22, Minnesota 17
Steven Lassan: Iowa
Mitch Light: Iowa
Braden Gall: Iowa
David Kenyon: Iowa 31, Minnesota 16
Tom Fornelli: Iowa 24, Minnesota 13
Hawkeye State predictions
Scott Dochterman: Iowa 31, Minnesota 13
Marc Morehouse: Iowa
Jeff Johnson: Iowa 28, Minnesota 14
Mike Hlas: Iowa 20, Minnesota 9
Chad Leistikow: Iowa 28, Minnesota 10
Go Iowa Awesome
RossWB: Iowa 27, Minnesota 13
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
Cody Hills: Iowa 23, Minnesota 10
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.
This week’s totally irrelevant prediction: #Hawkeyes 32, Minnesota 28. The Gophers build a 21-6 lead off 2 interceptions and a surprisingly dominant run game, but Iowa fights back through the air. A 1-yard fullback plunge with 0:05 left gives the Hawks their first and final lead. pic.twitter.com/VkzBO7Duee— HawkeyeHQ.com’s Ryan Jaster (@Hawkologist) October 5, 2018
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.