Michigan Wolverines vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Game Preview

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Well, the season’s not over for the Michigan Wolverines, but they’re in desperate need of a win. A big win against a ranked team. Iowa’s more than happy to play the role of spoiler, and aren’t afraid to do so on the road. After the loss to Wisconsin, Wolverines fans are wondering if Jim Harbaugh can win big games ever again. The good news is he gets another shot this weekend.

Date: Saturday, October 5th
Start time: 11:00am CT
How to watch: FOX
Line: Michigan -3.5
Location: Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, MI)


Michigan Wolverines players to watch

QB Shea Patterson
WR Nico Collins
LB Khaleke Hudson
S Josh Metellus

Iowa Hawkeyes players to watch

QB Nathan Stanley
RB Mekhi Sargent
DE AJ Epenesa
CB Michael Ojemudia

Michigan Wolverines keys to the game

  • Let Patterson create
  • Play like the favorite
  • Put the game away early

Iowa Hawkeyes keys to the game

  • Hit Michigan in the mouth
  • Keep the pocket clean
  • Rattle Patterson

Why the Michigan Wolverines win

We haven’t learned much about the Michigan Wolverines since they lost to Wisconsin. A blowout win over Rutgers doesn’t teach us anything. Questions about Harbaugh’s coaching ability remain, but he gets a chance to answer them. Despite their struggles, this is still a talented team. Shea Patterson showed us how explosive he can be last week, and can do that against Iowa too. Iowa’s offense doesn’t appear to be anything Michigan’s defense can’t handle, so it comes down to what the Wolverines offense can do.

Why the Iowa Hawkeyes win

They’ve stunned a ranked Wolverines team in the past, and they can do it again. Nathan Stanley leads the charge again for the Hawkeyes, but he must produce a better performance than the win over Iowa State. Stanley appears to be more poised in the pocket this year, so a calm presence offensively could keep them in the game. Iowa’s defense has an opportunity to rattle Shea Patterson early, and that helps for the underdog. All of the pressure is on Michigan, giving Iowa a chance to play relaxed and fast.

Prediction

Michigan’s the better team, plain and simple. They need to play like it. Harbuagh’s brought in top talent, but it hasn’t produced at a high level. If he wants to keep his job, he must win these bigger game more consistently. His team backs him up at home this week in a big game. MICHIGAN 35 IOWA 21

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