An upset was pulled by the Golden Gophers last season, as they won the Floyd of Rosedale in a 27-24 shocker. Could that happen again?
Iowa comes in with a relatively worse team than last season, at least visually. The defense lost players such as Clayborn and Sash, and has also dealt with scattered injuries. It has, surprisingly, been their weak point after so many years of carrying the team.
Fortunately for the Hawkeyes, Marvin McNutt and James Vandenburg are on a tear. The offense has brought this team to 5-2 overall, 2-1 in conference.
On the other side, Minnesota seems frustrated by the lack of growth from year to year. They have only a single win this season, accompanied by six defeats. They do have Marqueis Gray, who is leading the Gophers in both rushing and passing. Iowa has struggled with elusive quarterbacks this season, so that would be what Minnesota has to build on in order to win this game.
I see the Hawkeyes being more focused this season than last, and taking this game over, but they will give up some points with the struggling defense. This should be similar to the Indiana game.
Iowa 49 Minnesota 24