Iowa 30, Wyoming 21 Saturday’s outcome will depend on two things: the Hawkeyes running game and pass rush. Iowa’s offensive line is too good for Brian Ferentz not to just line up and pound the ball, especially with Nathan Stanley making his first collegiate start at quarterback. The running back combination of Akrum Wadley and James Butler should combine for at least 40 carries and more than 200 yards rushing. About the pass rush… the best way to rattle a quarterback at any level is with repeated hits. The Hawkeyes don’t necessarily need to sack Josh Allen more than two or three times, but getting to him early and knocking him down will pay dividends if the game is tight in the fourth quarter. Don’t expect a blowout — Wyoming is too well-coached for that — but it should be a Week 1 win at Kinnick for the Black and Gold.
Iowa 24, Wyoming 21
Iowa 35, Wyoming 21
Hawkmania Steve Batterson: Iowa 31, Wyoming 21 Josh Allen’s strong arm and quick feet can only carry the Cowboys so far, likely into the second half when the strength of Iowa’s defense should wear down the future NFL quarterback. Behind the work of its line and running game, expect the Iowa offense to collect enough points for a season-opening win against a solid opening-game opponent.
Andy Staples: Wyoming Bruce Feldman: Iowa Chris Johnson: Wyoming Joan Niesen: Iowa Eric Single: Wyoming Molly Geary: Iowa
SBNation Bill Connelly: Iowa 31, Wyoming 22
Jerry Palm: The Hawkeyes are his upset pick of the week at -11, but its against the spread. (So we can’t say for sure he thinks they’ll lose.)
Robert A. Boleyn: Iowa 31, Wyoming 17
Dan Murphy: Wyoming 33, Iowa 30 Mitch Sherman: Iowa 27, Wyoming 24 Tom VanHaaren: Wyoming 24, Iowa 13
Hawkeye State predictions
Land of 10
Scott Dochterman: Iowa 38, Wyoming 20 Bobby La Gesse: Iowa 31, Wyoming 17
Marc Morehouse: Iowa, 34, Wyoming 17
Chad Leistikow: Iowa 38, Wyoming 22
Go Iowa Awesome
RossWB: Iowa 34, Wyoming 24
Pat Harty: Iowa 34, Wyoming 21 Tyler Devine: Iowa 35, Wyoming 24 Dylan Burn: Iowa 23, Wyoming 16
Rob Howe: Iowa 27, Wyoming 17 Jon Miller: Iowa Sean Neugent: Iowa 37, Wyoming 24 David Schwartz: Iowa
Mike Zierath: Iowa 35, Wyoming 14 Tom Kakert: Iowa 34 Wyoming 17 Blair Sanderson: Iowa 28, Wyoming 20 Torbee: Iowa 35, Wyoming 17 Lyle Hammas: Iowa 34, Wyoming 20 John Kerth: Iowa 37, Wyoming 24 Matt Randazzo: Iowa 34, Wyoming 21
Max Brekke: Iowa 30, Wyoming 21 BoilerHawk: Iowa 28, Wyoming 20 JP Scott: Iowa 27, Wyoming 24 JPinIC: Iowa 45, Wyoming 20 Hello Jerry: Iowa 35, Wyoming 17 Matt Cabel: Iowa 21, Wyoming 17 Benjamin Ross: Iowa 35, Wyoming 17 Jordan Hansen: Iowa
Iowa 27, Wyoming 17
Irrelevant prediction @Hawkologist And finally, the totally irrelevant prediction based on playing EA Sports’ NCAA Football 2004 on a PS2, as is the tradition since 2015:
Ryan Jaster: Hawkeyes 24, Wyoming 3. It was a snowy night at Kinnick… and that shows you just how irrelevant this simulation is. Game time is 11 a.m. and it’s always sunny in Iowa City for the opener. The icing on the cake is Iowa aired it out after the ground game stalled. Which Hawkeye receiver do you have down for 209 yards?
Prognosis: The consensus seems to be that the game will be closer than Hawkeyes fans prefer — at least for a while — but Iowa will prevail. The national take appears to be more willing to give the game to Wyoming as an upset special.
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