Detroit News predictions: Michigan vs. Iowa
Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their predictions on the outcome of Saturday’s Michigan vs. Iowa game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor (noon, Fox/950).
►Angelique S. Chengelis: The Wolverines beat up on Rutgers as expected last week but now here’s their first real test since the loss at Wisconsin. Iowa has a steady, consistent quarterback, and while he doesn’t have the tight ends he had last year, the receivers have stepped up, and the Hawkeyes have a solid running back rotation. Then there’s the defense, ranked among the top nationally and No. 10 against the run. Was Michigan’s performance last week just because it was against Rutgers? Is Josh Gattis’ move to the sideline really a plus? Will new faces on defense like Cam McGrone and Daxton Hill take the defense up a few notches? And can the Wolverines remain fumble-free? These are all big questions that will be answered Saturday. Michigan 24, Iowa 21
►Matt Charboneau: We’ll find out pretty quickly if the Wolverines turned the corner last week in rolling over Rutgers or if it was more about the opponent simply being awful. The Hawkeyes come to Michigan Stadium light years ahead of Rutgers with a stout defense and an offense that is as efficient as any in the Big Ten, limiting penalties and almost never turning the ball over. They should be able to move the ball against the Wolverines, and if the home team reverts to putting the ball on the ground, it could be another frustrating day against a team from the West Division. Iowa 24, Michigan 20
►John Niyo: Michigan's offense is far from whole, and we're still waiting to see Shea Patterson keep defenses honest in the run game. This week would be a good time to start if they want to avoid the kind of ugly games the Hawkeyes typically win. Michigan 24, Iowa 17
►Bob Wojnowski: The 4-0 Hawkeyes are the very definition of solid – low in turnovers, low in penalties, balanced with the run and Nate Stanley’s passing. Michigan’s running game has done little, which means Shea Patterson will have to throw often (and deep) to Nico Collins and the batch of fine receivers. It’s still hard to figure out what the Wolverines are capable of, and Iowa has been a pain for them. But at home, Michigan will be inspired, will hit the big pass plays and hang on. Michigan 27, Iowa 17