College Football News offers prediction for Iowa Hawkeyes versus Nevada matchup – Hawkeyes Wire

  • September 16, 2022

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Saturday night the Iowa Hawkeyes will welcome in the Nevada Wolf Pack for a kickoff under the lights inside Kinnick Stadium. Iowa is coming in off of a loss to Iowa State in a low-scoring affair while Nevada comes to town after losing a shootout in which they gave up 55 points to Incarnate Word.
The Hawkeyes are under heavy fire and a lot of scrutiny on the offensive side of the ball right now as they look for drastic changes and hope those occur in a hurry.
Defensively, the Iowa defense may be even better than the 2021 defense. This is all personal feel of watching them, but their speed and soundness appears second to none. Nevada will look to run the ball and has some talent that is discussed in the Wolf Pack’s offensive outlook, but they will be tested against a stout front.
College Football News dove into the matchup and offered some thoughts on how each team can succeed and how this game could shake out. At the end is my prediction of how I see Saturday turning out for the Hawkeyes.
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In a bit of an oddity, this is a nonconference matchup that is a nighttime kickoff at Kinnick Stadium. In the past, those have been reserved for big-time Big Ten matchups. Kickoff is a 6:30 p.m. CST.
The culprit of this decision is the Big Ten Network, where this game will be broadcast. It will be a “gold out” inside Kinnick as the entire stadium will be decked out in gold.
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There was not much sugarcoating going on when CFN provided their reasoning that Nevada can win. It is pretty simple. CFN thinks 10 points may be enough. The Wolf Pack has a ground game, but it will really have to step it up as the Hawkeyes’ defense is vastly superior to any they have seen so far.
Can you score a touchdown, Nevada? Just one and a field goal might get it done. – Fiutak, College Football News.
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CFN also thinks that the reason Iowa can win this game is solely due to their defense. Not only stopping Nevada, but even scoring points as well.
Yeah, the Iowa touchdown against Iowa State wasn’t enough to get the job done, but it almost was.
Is anything working on offense? No, but the defense has been a rock. It’s allowing just 2.3 yards per carry, it came up with three takeaways against Iowa State, and it’s not crazy to actually expect safeties from this group. – Fiutak, College Football News.

CFN feels this is the week that the Hawkeyes’ offense finds their legs a bit and crosses the goal line more than once. The Nevada defense got destroyed last weekend and there is belief Iowa can find success.
Iowa will finally score more than one touchdown. It’s not going to be pretty in any way, but to suffering Iowa fans, the O will look like the Greatest Show On Turf compared to the first two weeks. Iowa 30, Nevada 6 – Fiutak, College Football News.
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Iowa gets some traction going under the lights on Saturday night. It is hard for Big Ten opponents to play day games at Kinnick. This is a nonconference team walking into Kinnick after dark. Iowa fans are too faithful to give up on this team.
Spencer Petras throws one touchdown early to calm his nerves. After that, the Hawkeyes offense uses their strength up front to find some lanes on the ground. Both running backs, Gavin Williams and Leshon Williams, find the end zone.
Iowa’s defense does their thing, but I will give Nevada a field goal. In exchange of giving up three points, the Hawkeyes defense creates three turnovers.
Iowa Hawkeyes 28, Nevada Wolf Pack 3

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