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#335 Minnesota 44.5 vs.
#336 Iowa -3
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 4:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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Week 12 of college football continues as Minnesota travels to Kinnick Stadium to play against Iowa on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 4:00 P.M. This will be the 113th meeting between these two teams. These two teams have not met since last season when the Hawkeyes beat the Gophers on the road by the score of 48-31.

Minnesota Looks To Remain Undefeated

P.J. Fleck has his team in amazing form headed into this game. Specifically, Minnesota is still one of the only undefeated teams left in the nation as they have a potential shot at making it into the College Football Playoff. Last week, Minnesota was able to defeat a top-four team at home by a score of 31-26. Now, Minnesota will look for another win against a ranked opponent as it will travel to Kinnick Stadium in pursuit of another victory which will keep its undefeated record intact. Plus, this is the highest that the Gophers have been ranked since 1962 so they will look to move up even more with another victory on Saturday.

Leading the Gophers offensively is sophomore quarterback Tanner Morganwho has been great this season. Specifically, he has thrown for 2,100 passing yards and 21 passing touchdowns. In addition, he has also only thrown four interceptions so he has been amazing when it comes to limiting turnovers in the pocket which has helped this team remain efficient offensively. Now, Morgan will look to showcase that ball security once again on Saturday.

Defensively, Minnesota has been extremely solid up to this point. Specifically, the Gophers are allowing 20.7 points per game which ranks 26th in the nation. In addition, the Gophers are allowing 309.8 yards per game which ranks 15th in the nation. Now, Minnesota will be looking for another great defensive performance on the road in a very hostile environment.

Iowa Looks To Move Up In AP Poll

Iowa enters this game with a solid 6-3 record despite losing to Wisconsin on the road last week by two points. As a result, Iowa's hopes at making the conference title game are virtually over but it can still look to pad its resume in order to improve the quality of bowl game that the Hawkeyes will play in. Currently, Iowa is ranked 20th in the AP Poll which is still respectable but Iowa seeks to move up in the immediate future. Iowa can still easily finish the season in the top-15 if it wins every game from this point forward so there is still a lot for this team to play for which should ensure that the Hawkeyes enter this game fully motivated.

Leading the Hawkeyes offensively is senior quarterback Nate Stanleywho has been decent this season. Specifically, he has thrown for 2,158 passing yards and 12 passing touchdowns. However, he has only completed 60.7% of his passes which is concerning due to his lack of elite mobility. Since it is a bit difficult for him to elongate plays in the passing game, Stanley will need to be more accurate from the pocket in the future.

Defensively, Iowa has been fantastic up to this point. Specifically, the Hawkeyes are allowing 11.7 points per game which ranks 4th in the nation. In addition, the Hawkeyes are allowing 288.9 yards per game which ranks 11th in the nation. Now, Iowa will look to shut down Minnesota's underrated offense at home as the crowd should give the Hawkeyes a serious spark.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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This game is the definition of a trap line as a top-ten team is an underdog on the road to a team ranked 20th. However, I have to take the bait since I think Iowa is a very underwhelming football team while Minnesota looks like the superior team. Minnesota enters this game on an emotional high after upsetting a top-four team at home while Iowa enters this game on an emotional low after losing to Wisconsin in a heartbreaker. As a result, I think that the Gophers will come into this game motivated to remain undefeated while the Hawkeyes will look a bit dejected after last week's loss. Give me the road team.

Prediction: Minnesota +3

Full-Game Total Pick

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This total is low but I think it is warranted based on the similar offensive styles of these two teams. Both teams love to use their physicality to pound the rock repeatedly which should lead to longer drives. I expect both teams to be in a battle for time of possession as they will try to maintain long drives in what will look like a serious struggle. This game should end somewhere in the realm of 20-17 so I think this total is still too high. Give me the under.

Prediction: Under 44.5

Half-Time Side Pick

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Kinnick Stadium is one of the most hostile environments to play in and I expect Minnesota to come out a bit overwhelmed as a result. I can see the Gophers starting the game out making some costly errors as a result before finally settling down in the second half. Although Iowa's offense is not that great, it should still be able to do enough to get the Hawkeyes a lead entering the break. Give me the home team as a result.

Prediction: Iowa 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.