3. Minnesota’s rushing attack vs. Iowa’s run defense
Minnesota has an experienced quarterback in Tanner Morgan, but they’ve utilized a run-heavy approach on offense to start the season. The Gophers average 46 rushing attempts per game (19th in FBS), 238.7 rushing yards per game (14th), and 5.2 yards per attempt (28th).
Conversely, the Iowa defense gives up an average of just 102 rushing yards per game (13th) and just 2.6 yards per carry (sixth). Something has to give. This is a dream matchup for those of us who love to watch the battle in the trenches.
The Gophers have a dynamic running back in Mohamed Ibrahim, who showed what he’s capable of last week against Illinois. Ibrahim scored four touchdowns in the first half against the Illini, and probably could’ve scored four more had the Gophers not taken their foot off the gas.
The Hawkeyes will have their hands full, but should be able to keep Ibrahim in check. Iowa football is always known for having a stout defensive line, and this year is no different.