GAME INFO: Sat., Oct. 4th, 2008 - 11:02 AM CST - Spartan Stadium - East Lansing, MI
IOWA: 3-2 (0-1) NR / MSU: 4-1 (1-0) NR
TV COVERAGE: ESPN2 and ESPN2 - HD. Cover your ears, as Pam Ward and Ray Bentley will call be the announcers for the game... however I have also read that Clay Matvick will be going instead of Pam, we can all dream. Espn360.com will also carry the game.
FERENTZ'S MONDAY PRESSER: TRANSCRIPT HERE
DEPTH CHART AND GAME NOTES: HERE
IOWA'S GAMEDAY CENTRAL : VIEW HERE
LINE: Iowa is a 7.5 point underdog on the road.
It's the end of the first half of the season (it seems like just a very short while ago we were counting down to the Maine game). Iowa looks like the team most of us thought they would be, however the record hasn't followed suit. The Hawks are coming off of back-to-back losses, two losses that should have most definitely have been wins.
Looking at the MSU-Iowa game:
Iowa will stop Ringer (by stop, I mean hold to about 110 yards and 2 TDs). He's a load, everyone knows it. He has a motor that won't stop and MSU will likely give him the ball 40 times on Saturday. If Iowa can hold him to a buck 10, that's less than 3 yards a carry. Hoyer has a long way to go as a QB. While I realize Iowa doesn't have an All-American at the helm, either, Hoyer has struggled his share this year. Stanzi is getting better every game, and this will be his first true road test. He absolutely has the tools to succeed, his experience will need to catch up quickly. State's D is nothing to write home about, they have been suspect pretty much all year.
Our D is going to be able to hold, and as long as Shonn Greene is 100%, Iowa should be ok. That, my friends, is the biggest disclaimer of the week. If Greene isn't 100% from his head injury he received during the Northwestern game (one sustained by not one, but two, illegal helmet to helmet hits by two different NW defenders on the same play), then Iowa is deep trouble and will likely lose big.
If Greene is good to go, I like Iowa in this one on the road. I think the +7.5 is easy money.
Offensive Player of the Game: Shonn Greene (Sixth consecutive week for obvious reasons)
Defensive Player of the Game: Mitch King (This game will be his coming out party)
Assuming a healthy Shonn Greene -
Iowa - 31
ISU - 20