Iowa and Minnesota are meeting on the football field for the 111th time. And they’re playing for a pig for the 83rd time. (But not a live pig.) Throw out the records? Sure, but both teams are 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten.
The good news for the Hawkeyes? This game is not on the road. The conference schedule has not been kind to Iowa away from Kinnick Stadium.
Let’s get to the picks.
Steve Batterson: Iowa 31, Minnesota 17
Iowa is capable of limiting about the only thing Minnesota has going for it on offense. The Hawkeyes haven’t been terrific in stopping the run this season, but they should be able to slow a run-heavy Golden Gophers offense. Expect Iowa’s rushing attack to gain a little traction following struggles at Northwestern last week, but the arm of Nate Stanley may provide the Hawkeyes with enough of an edge here to help keep Floyd of Rosedale away from the harsh Minnesota winter.
Adam Rossow: Iowa 24, Minnesota 13
Dan Vasko: Minnesota 20, Iowa 17
Bill Connelly: Iowa 26, Minnesota 20
Steven Lassan: Iowa
Mitch Light: Iowa
Bryan Fischer: Iowa
Dan Murphy: Iowa 24, Minnesota 17
Mitch Sherman: Iowa 14, Minnesota 13
Tom VanHaaren: Iowa 24, Minnesota 17
Hawkeye State predictions
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Scott Dochterman: Iowa 34, Minnesota 13
Bobby La Gesse: Iowa 20, Minnesota 13
Marc Morehouse: Iowa 30, Minnesota 17
Chad Leistikow: Iowa 35, Minnesota 16
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Mark Hasty: Iowa 13, Minnesota 6
Pat Harty: Iowa 27, Minnesota 23
Rob Howe: Minnesota
Jon Miller: Iowa
Sean Neugent: Iowa 37, Minnesota 17
David Schwartz: Iowa
Mitch Smith: Iowa
Mike Zierath: Iowa
Tom Kakert: Iowa 24, Minnesota 14
Blair Sanderson: Iowa 28, Minnesota 21
Torbee: Iowa 24, Minnesota 14
RDietz: Iowa 24, Minnesota 21
Lyle Hammes: Iowa 28, Minnesota 17
Matt Randazzo: Iowa 20, Minnesota 10
Rob Donaldson: Iowa
Cody Hills: TBD. Running at 11 a.m. Saturday.
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 35, Minnesota 7. The Iowa defense dominated until it no longer had to, as the Hawkeyes built a 28-0 lead on the strength of nine sacks and three forced fumbles. The offense aired it out but struggled to get going early, missing long (surprise!) on several balls until one was tipped and caught in the end zone. Connections finally started getting made from there and two (2!) receivers ended up with 100-plus yards.
This week’s totally irrelevant prediction: #Hawkeyes 35, Minnesota 7. Defense dominates (9 sacks, 3 FF), offense airs it out. 2 WR w/ 100+ 🐖 pic.twitter.com/8NNwDxt7WU— HAWKMANIAQ, formerly (@Hawkologist) October 27, 2017
Prognosis: Dan stands alone. Only one other expert above picked Minnesota, but that was against the spread (+8). As Vasko said in the video above, “This is my big upset pick of the year here.” Indeed. The Hawkeyes have not lost Floyd of Rosedale in Iowa City since 1999 and have won four out of the past five, regardless of venue. But it’s a rivalry game, so you’d think anything goes. Not so, say the predictions above, foreseeing a painless night in Kinnick.