The Hawkeyes Mic picks are in for the Iowa – Middle Tennessee State game. It’s unanimous once again – as the Hawkeyes close out their non-conference schedule. Check them out – see if you agree or disagree.
Scott Dochterman – Iowa 44-13:
Middle Tennessee State has given up 200-plus rushing yards in every game this year. Iowa is the most physical opponent the Blue Raiders will face all year. It has the makings of a sledgehammer meeting a stack of pumpkins.
Steve Batterson – Iowa 40-24:
The balance that is becoming a strength of this Iowa attack will be too much for Middle Tennessee to handle. The Blue Raiders have been tested by Michigan and Duke this season and dual-threat quarterback Asher O’Hara has the arm and legs to keep the Hawkeye defense busy. Look for Iowa to pull away in the second half to head to Ann Arbor with a 4-0 record.
John Bohnenkamp – Iowa 30-10:
Listening to the players on Tuesday, they’ve really been bombarded with the don’t-look-ahead speeches during the bye week. There are a lot of lessons out there that they are being taught, and I think they’ve bought into it. Iowa 30, Middle Tennessee State 10.
Brendan Stiles – Iowa 38-10:
I think Iowa comes out a bit rusty off the bye week, but eventually gets it going and just overpowers the Blue Raiders. This is basically a rehearsal for Michigan, so expect the play-calling to be balanced and for the Hawkeyes to focus on their fundamentals throughout the afternoon.
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John Patchett – Iowa 46-10:
Iowa can never afford to overlook any team in non-conference play. The Hawkeyes have learned that the hard way – as have many other FBS teams. But I don’t look for that to be an issue on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
Both of these teams are coming off their first bye weeks of the season – so both have had an extra week to rest, recover, and prepare. But I don’t think that’s going to matter either.
While MTSU has a terrific dual-threat QB and some speedy receivers, Iowa’s Defense has overcome injuries to rank highly in both the Big Ten and nationally. Players in the defensive secondary who have stepped in for starters have steppe up as well.
Nate Stanley continues to climb Iowa’s record charts – and I’m anticipating several more steps up that ladder on Saturday.
Iowa is just too much for the Blue Raiders in this one. The Hawkeyes win comfortably, play a bunch of folks, and head to Ann Arbor 4-0 with a chance to make this a special season (just like they did in 2003, 2009, and 2015).
Tyler Tjelmeland – Iowa 42-3:
The Iowa offense gets clicking against a shaky Middle Tennessee defense & the defense has a field day. Iowa will be focusing on staying healthy and fine-tuning things prior to the B1G slate getting underway (again) next week.
Jack Brandsgard – Iowa 45-10:
I’m predicting a big game for Nate Stanley. Despite completing 63 percent of his passes for 689 yards and six touchdowns through three games, Stanley’s draft buzz has cooled. I think he sets the record straight with a breakout performance coming off a bye week and playing against an overmatched team.
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