Northwestern at Iowa
These two teams have proven over the past decade that they are inherently incapable of playing a boring game against one another.
Like they say, though, there’s a first time for everything.
It would be wrong to say that either of these teams is terrible or bad at football. Iowa is 5-2, though it’s 5-2 without a win Hawkeye fans can brag about. Northwestern is 3-4 but has beaten a potentially pretty good Wisconsin team. That makes both teams the very definition of mediocre. Well, two definitions, since they’re mediocre in different ways. But they have the same fundamental problem: iffy quarterback play.
Trevor Siemian hasn’t quite lived up to the standard of the last three or four Northwestern passers, none of whom were a threat to become NFL starters but all of whom were very good college quarterbacks. Siemian isn’t where you’d hope a quarterback would be after five years in a program that usually has pretty good quarterbacking.
Iowa’s quarterback, Jake Rudock, often looks like a driver who doesn’t realize he left the parking brake on. It’s quite possible Kirk Ferentz and/or Greg Davis prefer it that way because bicycles are safer and will take you any place a car can go, mister.
So just keep in mind this game features two of the four worst offenses in the Big Ten and handle yourself accordingly That is, find something else to watch and let Twitter tell you what happens here.
The pick: Northwestern 13, Iowa 10