The Hawkeyes Mic picks are in for the Iowa – Maryland Game. It’s unanimous once again. Our guest-picker this week is the one and only Bobby Hansen – former Hawkeyes and Chicago Bulls basketball star and current analyst for Iowa Men’s Basketball on the Hawkeyes Radio Network. Check them out – see if you agree or disagree.
Bobby Hansen – Iowa 52-17
The Hawks return to Iowa City after taking care of business on the road. Nate Stanley spreads the wealth even more and adds to his impressive touchdown total by once again finding his tight ends and hangs 50 on Maryland as Iowa celebrates Homecoming on a beautiful October afternoon inside Kinnick.
Matt Canada has done a terrific job as Interim Head Coach of the Terrapins under trying circumstances in College Park but not enough to stop the ever improving Iowa Hawkeyes. This is a Hawkeye team that has not played a perfect game to date but Saturday they put it all together and head to Happy Valley bowl eligible at 6-1.
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Scott Dochterman – Iowa 31-18:
Barring any major mistakes, Iowa’s offense will be able to move the ball effectively. Maryland does lead the Big Ten in turnover margin, so an interception or two for Nate Stanley is possible. But Stanley’s penchant for explosive plays should elevate the Hawkeyes past any errors.
Steve Batterson – Iowa 31-17:
Nate Stanley suggested on Tuesday that Maryland might be the most physical team Iowa has seen this season. That seems to fit the Hawkeyes’ DNA as well, working in harmony with an offense that showed its potential as it blended the pass and the run at Indiana last week. Defensive discipline will be important against the Terps’ misdirection and as long as the Hawkeyes can avoid giving up multiple big plays, it should be a happy homecoming weekend in Iowa City.
Tyler Tjelmeland – Iowa 41-13:
Trap game? Nah. Iowa has it clicking on offense & Nate Stanley has found his groove spreading it around and making big plays. The running game continues to develop as the season progresses & depth shows. Maryland will try to win the game on the ground and that won’t bode well against an elite Iowa front. Iowa up early, and cruises through to Happy Valley next week.
Jack Brandsgard – Iowa 38-17:
The Hawkeyes return home after road blowouts in the previous two weeks. Iowa’s offense continues to hum along and the return of Ivory Kelly-Martin and the presence of a fully-recovered Noah Fant should only help. Nick Niemann also returns on defense, which should help to slow down Maryland’s preferred running attack. Look for Iowa to cruise to a homecoming victory.
John Patchett – Iowa 42-21:
Nate Stanley’s on a roll. So are the tight ends. For that matter, now so are the wide receivers. And Iowa’s trio of running backs is just fine, thank – especially for Saturday with the return from injury of Ivory Kelly-Martin. And the O-Line has been pretty terrific. What’s not to like about all of that? And Iowa’s Defense continues to rank high in key stat categories and in making big plays. I don’t see any real compelling reason to think Saturday’s game will be any different. Maryland is talented in all three phases and runs a fairly unique offense. But it has had little success in passing the ball – nor, for that matter, has it particularly needed to do so.
I think the Hawkeyes send the Homecoming Crowd home in a happy mood. Hey, this Offense has become pretty entertaining, a lot of fun to watch, and daunting for opposing defenses. Iowa fans should enjoy this while they can. Who knows where this might lead?
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