The Iowa Hawkeyes have their fans set so far in 2022. After an abysmal, disappointing start to the season where Iowa fell below .500 on the year and looked poised to fire more offensive personnel this offseason than win games the rest of the year, the Hawkeyes went out and won three straight games in the Big Ten West.
Behind a convincing defense and special teams performance, the Hawkeyes cruised to a 24-10 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday. That win, combined with #21 Illinois’ loss at home to Purdue, means the Hokies woke up Sunday morning in a four-way tie not for second place, but atop the West standings. Iowa is tied with Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota.
And that’s where things get really interesting. The Illini are set to travel to Ann Arbor this week to take on the #3 Michigan Wolverines in a game where they will likely be double digit underdogs. Iowa already has the tiebreaker over Purdue thanks to its win at West Lafeyette a week ago. And that leaves only Minnesota, where the Hawkeyes travel this week for a battle not just for Floyd of Rosedale, but for the keys to the Big Ten West. The Gophers already lost to Purdue earlier this season, meaning the Boilers would need to lose to either Northwestern or Indiana in the final two weeks, but a Hawkeye win almost certainly means Iowa would control its destiny on the way to Indianapolis.
With so many moving parts, kick-off time for Saturday’s showdown had turned into a six-day window. On Sunday, the TV networks announced a series of kick times, including Iowa. The Hawkeyes and Gophers are set to tip off at 3pm CT on FOX.
Notably, the Hawkeyes opened as 3-point underdogs on Sunday. Our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook have the over/under set at 32.5 total points, which would be a season low. Perhaps that’s to be expected, given that the game will feature two top-5 defenses nationally.
Here’s a first look at the details for next Saturday as the Hawkeyes and Gophers take on Floyd of Rosedale.
Date: Saturday, November 19
Year: 2:30 p.m. CT
Match: Iowa Hawkeyes (6-4, 4-3) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-3, 4-3)
Location: Huntington Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, MN
Preliminary Weather Forecast: mostly cloudy with temperatures in the upper 20s, a 25% chance of rain with 10 mph winds
DraftKings Opening Line: Minnesota -1.5, O/U 36.5
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