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Iowa back up to #19 in the Coaches poll and likely #20 in the AP poll.

Should be 50 degrees and partly cloudy.
 

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How much I dislike the game

1. Iowa State game
1a. Northwestern game
 

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Likely stupid of me, but I still think there is too much talent on the offense to not at least somewhat figure it out. Northwestern is pretty good defensively but terrible on offense.

This would hopefully be a year that Iowa can have a solid win.

Iowa - 27
Northwestern - 10
 

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Lol. Brian Ferentz doesn't remember how to score 27 points.
 
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Likely stupid of me, but I still think there is too much talent on the offense to not at least somewhat figure it out. Northwestern is pretty good defensively but terrible on offense.

This would hopefully be a year that Iowa can have a solid win.

Iowa - 27
Northwestern - 10

You should have been disabused of the notion long ago that talent level dictates much with this team
 

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Northwestern is the only non-Rutgers team in the conference who definitely has a worse offense than we do but their defense is good. If we can't move the ball against a bad Purdue defense it's hard to see this not being some like 13-6 shitfest of a game.
 

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Northwestern is the only non-Rutgers team in the conference who definitely has a worse offense than we do but their defense is good. If we can't move the ball against a bad Purdue defense it's hard to see this not being some like 13-6 shitfest of a game.
If you are looking for a silver lining, Iowa has gone through seasons of similar offensive struggles early against good teams only to finally wake up and get better later in the season. Keep thinking positive Bob!
 

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On the road at NW against a defense with a pulse is not a good situation for this Iowa team
 

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Their offense is really really really bad though. They have 7 touchdowns all year and are on pace for the worst passing YPA season since 2003 Army (4.07!!!!). Maybe they do their usual bullshit against Iowa but this is their worst team in a long time
 

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At some point in time the offense is going to start clicking again. Hopefully this week.
 

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17-10 one way or the other.
 

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Iowa 20
NW 10

Hawks head into the bye week 6-2, then ass pound Bucky giving them their 3rd straight loss and eventually head to Indy vs OSU (a game which they will likely lose 94-12).
 

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Nw is garbage. Yet will still be a close game well into the 4th quarter with Iowa continuing to run the ball directly into a stacked box
 
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Fat Stanley has his game of the year.

Iowa 31
NW 13
 

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Fitz will have them up for this game again. NW gets a short field TD or turnover for a TD which marks the difference. I'm done being optimistic for this offense until they show me they are will to adjust and adapt.

Iowa - 13
NW - 17
 

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Their offense is really really really bad though. They have 7 touchdowns all year and are on pace for the worst passing YPA season since 2003 Army (4.07!!!!). Maybe they do their usual bullshit against Iowa but this is their worst team in a long time
Bo Bowzer and Damian Anderson’s kid will be frustratingly effective, I expect.
 

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There was a tweet earlier that said this year is our highest YPG output since 2005. We simply need to finish drives with TDs and we will be good
 

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No way I’d touch Iowa by more than a TD
 

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No way I’d touch Iowa by more than a TD
Look at what happens from week to week.

Wisconsin goes down to Illinois.

A couple years ago Iowa scores 55(?) points on the Ohio State University and then the next week has its worst offensive output in program history. All with the same Stanley at the helm.
 

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Their offense is really really really bad though. They have 7 touchdowns all year and are on pace for the worst passing YPA season since 2003 Army (4.07!!!!). Maybe they do their usual bullshit against Iowa but this is their worst team in a long time
Northwestern is averaging 0.88 points per drive, second worst in the FBS (Rutgers, 0.86). Their offense is baaaaaaaaaaaad.

So I fully expect them to have success against Iowa because that is what happens with Northwestern.
 
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Yup they are going to have to score actual touchdowns against a solid defense.
 

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Their offense is really really really bad though. They have 7 touchdowns all year and are on pace for the worst passing YPA season since 2003 Army (4.07!!!!). Maybe they do their usual bullshit against Iowa but this is their worst team in a long time
Bo Bowzer and Damian Anderson’s kid will be frustratingly effective, I expect.
I would guess it'd be like most teams against us where they are good at getting 3-4 yards up the gut, but almost no one wants to make due with that every play unless they're Army.

(side note, Barta, please do not ever schedule Army)
 

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I get that Iowa fans are frustrated with the offense and I am as well, but this level of negativity and vitriol for a Top 20 team by every measure is way too fucking over the top.
 
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I’m feeling stupidly confident that Iowa wins pretty handily. The offense will look like it’s running in quicksand in the first half but will pull away after halftime.

Iowa 27
NW 7
 
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I am usually a pessimist and especially against NW but I think Iowa wins easily. 23-10 good guys.
 
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There was a tweet earlier that said this year is our highest YPG output since 2005. We simply need to finish drives with TDs and we will be good
Iowa has finished the year at 400+ YPG 3 times in KF’s tenure. 2002, 2005, and 2014. Feels kind of 40/60ish if we get there this year.
 

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I get that Iowa fans are frustrated with the offense and I am as well, but this level of negativity and vitriol for a Top 20 team by every measure is way too fucking over the top.
Senior QB and two supposed first/second round NFL o-linemen. Iowa likely loses a ton of talent after this year. So 2nd year in a row failing to capitalize on a very talented roster
 
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