Quite frankly, I wasn't impressed with either Iowa or Iowa State. Lots of question marks on both teams.
I thought the defenses played pretty well for both teams --- for the most part. We held the Iowa offense to 10 points, and they held us to 3. Considering that we missed 3 field goals, and in my opinion their only offensive touchdown was greatly helped along by a questionable personal foul, our defense played about as good as Iowa's.
Both offenses looked pretty terrible. Our offense could do nothing in the red zone, credit Iowa's defense and our stupid mistakes. It seemed like we could do a decent job of moving around in the middle of the field, part of Iowa's "bend but don't break" defense.
I think our offense is going to be able to move the ball around this week, but we had better capitalize on red zone opportunities and play better on special teams, otherwise we will lose this game. Our defense will keep us in the game, aided by continuing the turnover momentum that they seem to have going.
My prediction: There will be many more points scored this week. Our offense will look much improved, and although our defense will play well, we will still give up points. I think we win close if we can cut out the mistakes.
I’m surprised the line is not more than 3 points considering UNLV beat a 15th ranked Arizona State team in Tempe on Saturday. Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas only holds 36,800 people. It would be huge if half the crowd is ISU fans!
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