The Hawkeyes Mic picks are in for the Iowa – Purdue game. It’s back to being unanimous – and with a high degree of confidence. Check them out – see if you agree or disagree.
Scott Dochterman – Iowa 45-17:
If this week was a meal for Iowa, it would be a buffet. That includes dessert.
Steve Batterson – Iowa 31-21:
After dealing with Michigan and Penn State the past two weeks, a Purdue defense giving up 444.5 yards and 29.8 points per game is just what the doctor ordered for the Iowa offense. After toiling the past two games, the Hawkeyes’ ground game should be able to regain some swagger.
Purdue has the skill to test the Iowa defense, which will need to duplicate its work from a week ago with a strong start and enough pressure to keep a young Boilermakers offense off schedule.
John Bohnenkamp – Iowa 28-12:
Iowa’s offense has two games to solve its problems before playing Wisconsin. I think it starts on Saturday.
Brendan Stiles – Iowa 24-14:
Iowa should have an easier time offensively against Purdue than it did the last couple of weeks. The Boilermakers not having Moore or Sindelar probably does them in, but I think they can keep this close and make the Hawkeyes sweat a little. I just think Iowa gets back on track here with the “W”.
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John Patchett – Iowa 38-17:
Iowa’s Offense was flat-out miserable the last two weeks. While they could move the ball from time-to-time and make some big plays, they couldn’t finish drives for touchdowns. But the Hawkeyes are not playing the Michigan or Penn State Defenses this Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. Instead the Boilermakers roll into Iowa City with one of the weaker defenses in the Big Ten.
While Purdue is always a deep passing threat – its rush offense is anemic – and it will be without season-starting QB Elijah Sindelar and even more importantly standout Wide Receiver Rondale Moore. The do have good backups and will almost certainly stress the Hawkeyes Defense, but I expect Iowa to perform in a matter similar to what they did last Saturday night against the explosive Nittany Lions Offense.
Tyler Tjelmeland – Iowa 38-7:
Purdue is ranked 11th in the B1G in rush defense. Iowa’s main objective on offense will be to shore up the run game that’s been non-existent the past two weeks. Sounds like the perfect remedy for what ails the Hawkeyes on offense.
Once the run game is established, Stanley will have an easy time getting back into a rhythm he hasn’t seen in recent weeks. The Boilermakers are banged up on offense and with Iowa’s elite (there, I said it) defense, there won’t be many Purdue points to be had.
Jack Brandsgard – Iowa 31-14:
Purdue, battered by injuries, is the opponent Iowa wants to see coming off two duds by the offense. Fans are expectedly down on the team, but the Hawkeyes faced two of the top defenses in the country the last two weeks. Iowa is still a ranked team with plenty of talent, and I expect the interior line problems to be lessened against the Boilermakers. Hawkeyes win handily in front of the Homecoming crowd.
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