Results: W, $200Analysis:
At first glance this line seems too high. But if you look
deeper at the level of competition these two teams have played and
how Minnesota has won you begin to realize that Iowa, with double
revenge and playing at home, is the way to go.
Minnesota is improved. I like the job Jerry Kill is doing with
the Gophers. He's a big upgrade on Tim Brewster. But the Gophers
aren't as good as their 4-0 record shows. They were lucky to beat
UNLV in overtime, then scored victories against New Hampshire and
Western Michigan before getting past Syracuse, 17-10, last week.
The Gophers were lucky to get past Syracuse as the Orangemen turned
the ball over four times and had some questionable
This is Minnesota's first road game since Week 1. The combined
record of Minnesota's beaten opponents is 6-10. Their opponents are
Iowa is just 2-2, but its foes have a combined record of 9-5.
The Hawkeyes' offense has gotten better since Mike Weisman became
the main ball-carrier. He's rushed for 330 yards and scored six
touchdowns during the past two games. Iowa quarterback James
Vandenberg has regressed this season, but I expect him to pick up
his play. I like his arm better than either of Minnesota's
Iowa hasn't lost to Minnesota at Kinnick Stadium since 1999
winning the past five times at home. The Hawkeyes also have covered
six of the past eight times they've hosted the Gophers.
Pick Made: Sep 28 2012 9:42AM PST