Each week, the WNUR staff will submit their predictions for Saturday’s football game. Over the rest of the quarter, we’ll keep track of each picker’s record.
Matt McHugh (@mattmcsports27): Northwestern 24, Iowa 20
Sam Brief (@sambrief): Northwestern 24, Iowa 21.
The ‘Cats grind out a tough conference victory behind a dominant run game and a defense up to the task.
Player to watch: Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern: Thorson has excelled against mediocre defenses this season, but floundered against better units. He needs to deliver an impressive outing against Josey Jewell and company to lead the same kind of resurgence the offense experienced last year.
Ben Krieger (@thebenkrieger): Northwestern 21, Iowa 17
Northwestern continues to build on the positives from the Maryland game, finally getting back above .500 on the year. Justin Jackson continues to separate himself from every other running back in Northwestern history, and the Wildcats’ defense shuts down Iowa at Ryan Field.
Darren Zaslau (@darren_zaslau): Northwestern 28, Iowa 24
Jake Riepma (@Jake_Riepma): Northwestern 24, Iowa 6
Rather than bore you with a vanilla football guys prediction, instead enjoy a game-day poem:
The B1GCATS are back at Ryan Field
Where the purple & white will not yield!
Northwestern welcomes the Hawkeyes to town
And we know the black & gold are going down!
Look for Thorson to Skowronek through the air
Giving Jewell & the Iowa D more than a scare,
We know Ferentz is trying to avenge last year’s loss
Too bad Fitz and company will remain Kirk’s boss.
Jackson now NU’s rushing GOAT
His latest record the most to note
Iowa’s defense may be stout
But obviously NU wins in a rout!