The Northwestern Wildcats (3-5, 1-4 Big Ten) play host to the No. 19 Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT at Ryan Field. Below is everything you need to know to stay up-to-speed on game day.
How to Watch: Northwestern vs. Minnesota
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Location: Ryan Field in Evanston, IL
TV: Big Ten Network
Listen: WGN Radio 720
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Betting Odds + Information
ESPN Football Power Index: The Hawkeyes have an 81.2% chance of winning.
Spread: Iowa -12
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The Wildcats are coming off back-to-back disappointing defensive performances against Michigan and Minnesota. This past weekend Minnesota’s freshmen running back duo of Mar’Keise Irving and Ky Thomas led the Gophers to a 41-14 win while combining for over 200 rushing yards. This weekend, Northwestern matches up with the No. 19 Iowa Hawkeyes.
The good news for the Wildcats is although Iowa is ranked, their offense is not the main reason why. On average, the Hawkeyes only throw 186 passing yards per game, which is ranked 10th in the Big Ten.
Going back to last week, the Wildcats did a good job containing the pass, only allowing Tanner Morgan to throw for only 124 yards, 70 fewer yards than what their defense allows per game.
This week, the man in the pocket for Iowa will be junior quarterback Spencer Petras. Petras is entering Saturday’s game with Northwestern after throwing for only 93 yards and being sacked five times in a loss against Wisconsin. Before that dud, Petras had thrown for over 190 yards in every game for five straight weeks. The Wildcats will have to keep the pressure on and make him uncomfortable to keep him from having a big game.
Iowa’s rushing offense is also largely unspectacular. The Hawkeyes rush for an average of 105 yards per game, which ranks 13th in the Big Ten. With that being said, the weakest part of Northwestern’s defense all year has been the run defense. They rank last in the Big Ten in rushing yards allowed per game, allowing 229.5, which also puts them 125th in the country out of 130 teams.
Whether Northwestern can keep Iowa at or below their rushing yard average will likely be one of the pivotal questions of the game, along with whether the Wildcats' offense can score against Iowa's top-five defense. If Northwestern can keep Iowa’s backs in check, something they've struggled to do all season, and have a productive offensive showing they might be able to keep this one competitive.
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