Iowa vs Maryland: When the Maryland running game works, everything else falls into place.. There’s no passing attack to help the cause, but the Terps ripped through Bowling Green, Minnesota and Rutgers, and they managed to come up with wins. They have to come out and establish themselves right away and keep on pounding.
Ty Johnson and Anthony McFarland forma strong 1-2 punch, there aren’t a slew of turnovers – Maryland leads all Big Ten teams with just five giveaways – and they have a nice blend of quickness and power.
Date: Saturday, October 20
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
To pull this off, Maryland has to get to at least 150 rushing yards – preferably, closer to 200 – and be at least a +2 in turnover margin. The team is converting on everything and every decent drive – it leads the nation in red zone offense.
It would be nice if the secondary can bring it for a second straight week, holding down the Rutgers passing game to a 2-of-17 day for eight yards and five picks. That’s not going to happen again, but the secondary is great at taking the ball away.
One Reason Why Iowa Will Win
Yeah, the Iowa passing game is better than the Rutgers version.
Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State has locked up the honor of being the Big Ten’s best quarterback, but Nate Stanley is putting himself in the race with Penn State’s Trace McSorley as the No. 2 guy after a brilliant last four games. All of a sudden, Iowa went from doing next to nothing through the air to being unstoppable.
Stanley has hit the 300-yard mark in three of the last four games, the downfield passing game is blowing up, and over the stretch, he’s averaging 300 yards per game with 14 touchdowns and four picks.
The bigger issue for Maryland? The Iowa run defense has been a wall.
Wisconsin did Wisconsin things in Iowa City, but Northern Illinois is the only other team to run for 100 yards, and it ran for 101. Minnesota was shut down, Iowa State went nowhere, and overall, the Hawkeye defensive front is allowing just 2.7 yards per carry.
Maryland doesn’t have enough of a passing game to pick of the slack if it doesn’t run well right away.
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What’s Going To Happen
This is a bad, bad, bad matchup for Maryland.
Iowa is playing too well over the last two games, with the defense doing a phenomenal job against the run and Stanley red hot at the moment.
The Hawkeyes will get up early, and the Terps won’t be able to get back in the game. The Maryland D won’t force enough big mistakes to pull off the road win.
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