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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Free Pick 9/28/13

Iowa Hawkeyes (3-1) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -1 See the Latest Odds


The coveted pig, “The Floyd of Rosedale” is up for grabs on Saturday when the Hawkeyes head to Minnesota to face off against the Golden Gophers.

The Golden Gophers are quietly putting together an undefeated season thus far as the Gophers are sitting at 4-0 on the year.  Sure, the Gophers haven’t played the toughest of schedules thus far, but wins are wins and right now Minny just keeps winning.  The Gophers had a solid win last weekend, defeating the San Jose State Spartans in Minnesota 43-24.  The Gophers jumped out to an early first quarter lead, but the Spartans came back and at the break the Gophers were up just 20-17.  The second half however was all Minnesota as the Gophers came out firing with ten unanswered points in the third quarter, cruising to the easy win.  Minnesota was actually outgained in this one, but three Spartan turnovers killed San Jose’s chances at the win.  Minnesota put up 424 yards of offense on the day, led by freshman quarterback Mitch Leidner.  Leidner wasn’t effective through the air, completing just 5/12 for 71 yards, but Leidner led the Gophers on the ground, racking up 151 yards on the day and four scores on just 24 carries.  Cobb also eclipsed the century mark on the ground for the Gophers, gaining 125 yards on 25 attempts, scoring twice. 

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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Free Pick 9/28/13

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The Iowa Hawkeyes head to Minnesota Saturday, fresh off a home beat down of the Western Michigan Broncos.  The Hawkeyes defeated the Broncos 59-3, and for Iowa fans it was refreshing to see the Hawks soundly beat a team they should, instead of playing to the level of their opponents.  The Hawkeyes scored in every way possible nearly on Saturday, including back to back punt returns for scores by wideout Martin Manley.  Sophomore Hawkeye quarterback Jake Rudock is continually looking more and more comfortable in this Greg Davis offense, and while his numbers weren’t amazing, Rudock did have a nice day slinging the ball, picking up 160 yards on 14 attempts and two scores.  The Hawkeyes make no bones about it; they are a ground and pound team, led by their power back Mark Weisman.  Weisman again had 100+ yards on the ground, picking up 145 yards against the Bronco defense, averaging 4.1 yards per attempt. 

In their last ten road games, the Hawkeyes are just 3-7 against the spread, and in their last 14 games played on turf, Iowa is just 3-11 against the number.  So far this season, the Hawkeyes are 2-2 against the number.  The Gophers tend to start hot, and then fizzle out once conference play starts.  The Gophers are just 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games between weeks five and nine.

This game is basically set at a pick’em right now with the line opening at -1 for the Gophers.  Close game, but I’m going to have to take the Hawkeyes here.  Iowa has the type of game that can travel, having a physical ground attack, to go along with solid defense.  The Gophers are a bit too one dimensional and I like the Hawkeye defense to have success against the Gophers ground attack.  Should be a close game, but I’ll take the Hawkeyes here on Saturday.

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