The Iowa Hawkeyes gave it their all, but in the end they couldn’t get one last stop. Penn State completed the walk-off win, with a touchdown pass and no time left on the clock. Iowa gave the Nittany Lions all they could handle. An inch more, and they would have tipped that ball away and I’m talking about an Iowa upset right now. Football is truly a game of inches.
Penn State stays in playoff contention, while Iowa moves on and looks to avoid a letdown in future weeks. Those are the kind of losses that can derail a season. Not from a talent perspective, but mentally it can impact a team if they don’t put it in the past. They can’t dwell on it this weekend, as they go to East Lansing for a meeting with the Michigan State Spartans.
Not much is expected out of the Spartans this season, they are playing second-fiddle to Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, and Wisconsin. With Michigan on the rise in recruiting, the Spartans might be taking a backseat in that rivalry for the foreseeable future. Michigan and Michigan State meet next week, so we won’t have to wait too long to get an answer for their 2017 rivalry game.
So, the goal for Iowa is not to have a letdown spot, and for Michigan State, not to lookahead to Michigan. The team who can handle their emotions better will come out on top in this one. While Iowa is coming off a hard loss, Michigan State is coming off a loss of their own, but it wasn’t exactly close.
The Spartans were downed by Notre Dame by a margin of 38-18. The Fighting Irish posed to be much more of a test than their previous opponents, Bowling Green and Western Michigan. One team will leave today with 2 losses on their resume. Head below for our free Iowa vs. Michigan State pick.
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Iowa vs. Michigan State Pick:
Michigan State have been trying to fit some pieces together ever since Connor Cook moved on and went to the NFL. There hasn’t been a capable quarterback under center to direct the offense. Could Brian Lewerke be the answer to their woes at quarterback? Lewerke is getting his first full year as the starter and so far so good. He has thrown 6 touchdowns to 2 interceptions.
Lewerke got a workout against Iowa, attempting 51 passes for 31 completions. Michigan State were down big after the first-half, so they had to bypass their game plan and let Lewerke have at it. If anything, it allowed him to get some more experience and rapport with his wide receivers. He does seem to be the best option the Spartans have had since Connor Cook.
I was really pulling for the Hawkeyes to pull it out, but it wasn’t meant to be in a 21-19 loss. Did Iowa deserve to win that game, though? Statistics would indicate that they were not the better team, by a long shot. Note that Iowa was outgained by 306 yards, including 213 yards rushing. They were lucky to be in that game, and come up an inch short of a win. Quarterback Nathan Stanley has tremendous numbers, though, with 12 touchdowns and 1 interception. I just don’t know how motivated Iowa is going to be to go on the road after losing like that. They blew their load against Penn State and came up short. I’d take a look at Michigan State in this game.