One of the most intriguing matchups on this week’s schedule is a replay of last season’s Big Ten Championship Game, with No. 4 Michigan taking to the streets to take on Iowa. This is a game that has major implications for the conference title game for each division’s representatives. While the Hawkeyes have come under scrutiny for their lackluster offense, their defense remains elite, and the matchup represents the most significant test yet for new Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy.
The sophomore will make his fourth career start and first on the road after beating veteran Cade McNamara for the job earlier this season. Iowa has allowed just two touchdowns on opposing offenses in four games and should be motivated to seek redress for last season’s 42-3 loss to the Wolverines in the league title game.
Michigan appeared capable of matching last season’s squad performances in four games, but the Wolverines found themselves in a close game with Maryland at home last week before clinching a 34-27 win. Taking to the streets for the first time in what is supposed to be a hostile environment will force Michigan to do its best and avoid the kind of mistakes that could give Iowa the energy it needed during its uninspiring start to the season was missing.
Michigan vs. Iowa: Must know
Hard place: Iowa has won the last four meetings between these teams in Iowa City, Iowa. You’ll have to go back to 2005 to find out when the Wolverines last won at Kinnick Stadium. The last time Michigan played Iowa was in 2016 when the No. 2 Wolverines lost 14-13. Overall, Iowa is 5-3 at home to their top five opponents during coach Kirk Ferentz’s 24-year tenure.
Something must give: Michigan is the nation’s No. 1 offense tally with 50 points per game, while Iowa ranks first in defense tally with 5.8 points per game. The Wolverines’ offensive performance was aided by the inferiority of their first three opponents. Likewise, with so many guns, Iowa has yet to play an offensive. The opposing strengths make for an intriguing fight.
Origin of anoma: Ferentz said this week that Michigan’s defense looks “like an NFL defense.” While that may be true, the Wolverines lost two of their best pass rushers from last season’s team in the NFL draft, Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo. In an effort to replace their production, Michigan brought in former Tennessee-Martin and Alabama defensive end Eyabi Okie in mid-August. The former five-star prospect, who also spent time in Houston, has a colorful past. So far, however, he’s been a prolific addition, recording 42 snaps in Michigan’s first four games, including 11 in last week’s win over Maryland. In that contest, Anoma picked up a couple of quarterback bunnies. It’s been a long journey for the former Class of 2018, but Anoma is finally carving a role on college football’s biggest stage.
How to watch Michigan vs. Iowa live
date: Saturday 1 Oct | time: 12 p.m. ET
location: Kinnick Stadium – Iowa City, Iowa
TV: Fox | Live broadcast: fuboTV (Try it for free)
Michigan vs. Iowa prediction, tips
Featured Game | Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines
When these teams met in the Big Ten Championship Game last December, Michigan thoroughly beat Iowa 42-3. The jury is out on whether the Wolverines are as good as last season, but Iowa seems to have taken a step backwards. The Hawkeyes have netted just four offensive touchdowns in four games and now face an opponent vastly superior to anything they have faced before. Michigan gave up four touchdown drives of 70 yards or more in a 34-27 win over Maryland last week, but the Terrapins are far better equipped offensively than Iowa. Even if the Hawkeyes manage to slow Michigan’s offense, it’s hard to imagine them hitting double digits without some ridiculous revenue luck. The Wolverines should cover that range with any score in the 20s. Selection: Michigan -10.5
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