Both of these teams are coming off blow out wins over inferior teams and for Iowa this is their first big test of the season. Iowa continues their winning formula of running the ball and playing stiff defense, but this year the difference is Quarterback Nate Stanley. Stanley has yet to turn the ball over and is very capable of taking over the game and providing the Hawkeyes with a dimension that they usually don’t have. With Running Back Mekhi Sargent and Ihmir Smith-Marsette Iowa is running a very balanced offense that has yet to be slowed down. As good as the offense has been this year, the defense is the strength of this team. Iowa is only giving up 8.5 points a game and has been exceptionally good in limiting yards through the air. With an inconsistent offensive team in Michigan, Iowa could cause the Wolverines fits.
Michigan had their get right game against Rutgers last week, but will face a much tougher task this week. This game is a huge game for Jim Harbaugh and this Michigan team. The offense tends to go as Quarterback Shea Patterson does. The biggest problem for the offense has been Quarterback play and the amount of times they are turning the ball over. Michigan has yet to establish a dominant rushing attack but Zach Charbonnet has looked good this year. The real surprising aspect of this Michigan team is its inability to stop the running game of other teams. The Wolverines are currently giving up more yards on the ground then through the air. In order to win this game Michigan is going to have to stop the Iowa run game and hang onto the ball.