Iowa escaped at Soldier Field against what we all expected to be a lesser talented Northern Illinois squad.
Coming from the MAC not many looked for a thriller, but we witnessed just that and now the Hawkeyes need a bevy of their offensive weapons to step their games up.
Mackey Award candidate C.J. Fiedorowicz did not get many opportunities and neither did Keenan Davis, who are both quarterback James Vandenberg’s favorite targets.
Look for the Hawkeyes to open up the playbook a bit against their in-state rivals since they have not had a ton of success in recent memory against them.
The star of their 18-17 victory over NIU last weekend was running back Damon Bullock, who toted it 30 times for 150 yards and the game-winning 23-yard TD.
Keeping track of the running back situation these days in Iowa City is similar to how many fantasy drafts I had this past summer (lost count a long time ago).
The bottom line is this Hawkeye squad will always be about their play up front on both sides of the ball, and they need to tee off on Steele Jantz if they expect different results this time around (ISU won 44-41 in 3 OT LY).
The Cyclones are coming off a solid 38-23 victory over Tulsa, who were gashed for 441 total yards thanks to Jantz’s 281 yards passing.
Jantz is capable of running, but he has two solid backs in Shontrelle Johnson and James White (combined for 174 rushing yards last week) that will give issues to the Hawkeyes defense.
Look for several lead changes in this one in a back-and-forth affair, but Kirk Ferentz has defeated Iowa State in seven of their last eight meetings at Kinnick Stadium. Make it eight out of the the last nine after this one.
Time: 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Network: Big Ten Network
Experts Pick: Iowa by 5
Danny V’s Pick: Iowa 26, Iowa State 20