HOW DID MISSISSIPPI STATE GET HERE?

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Hawktober's picture

Thanks for this. I don't see much too surprising based on the general statistical rankings, but it's good to know who they played this year and to get an idea of how the season went for them.  With the exception of A&M (and maybe Auburn), they don't appear to have beaten anyone much better than average this year (much like us, with ISU as our best win).

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Sean Considine's Bromance's picture

It sounds like Mississippi State is basically Penn State. Strong defense and an offense that runs through a talented dual-threat QB. The Bulldog defense is clearly better than Penn State's, but McSorley appears to be better than Fitzgerald. Maybe if we can pick up a couple early safeties and a FG against the Bulldogs we'll be in this one the whole way!

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HoyaGoon's picture

Given that Iowa's offense accounted for all of 6 points against PSU (and only 17 against Wisconsin), it's hard for me to imagine any scenario where we are able to move or put up points against MSU. And the weather in Tampa will not be the rainy conditions like it was against PSU that led to the safeties. I don't think MSU's offense is anywhere near as good as PSU's, but it doesn't have to be. First team to 11 wins, and unfortunately, I think that will be the Bulldogs on the back of just enough broken plays by Fitzgerald to carry them over the hump.

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Vanilla Gorilla's picture

I’ve been thinking along these lines as well.  I don’t see a whole lot of paths to >10 points 

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Bohemian Grove's picture

I think we can win if our defense plays at an above average level.  If we play beyond above average we could win somewhat comfortably.  Iowa can handle one-dimensional offenses...we may need a special teams TD or fumble recovery/INT for a touchdown to get on the board, but I think we can do it.  

As far as our offense, we might just be shit out of luck in this one.  Chew up some clock, get across midfield, don't give MSU a short field and that might be just enough.

Go Hawks! 

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chitownhawkeye's picture

That's my thought, although we've struggled a bit against dual threat QBs.  The question is if they're dual threat, or if the QB is lousy enough passing that we just disrespect that.  I think we need to win the turnover battle, and scoring on one of them would help.

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Bohemian Grove's picture

Yeah, I think he's first and foremost more talented at running the ball...seems very good at that.  Passing seems to be a big struggle for him and I think our secondary is talented enough to keep receivers in check.  If we can contain him a little bit from rushing the ball that's where we'll win this thing.

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Nile4Awhile's picture

give me some of that "under" and lets go in with our pockets full of rocks.

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houksyndrome's picture

Unfortunately, I think our offense is going to get completely dominated by MSU's defense.  While our defense is good, I feel like running QBs are their biggest weakness.  So while I expect our defense to play well, I don't expect them to completely dominate the game.  I could see this game being a lot like our last Outback Bowl, against Florida.  That said, our offense does have talent.  They just aren't anywhere near consistent enough for me to be confident against a defense like MSU's.

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Beltway Hawk's picture

Great preview/background on MissSt. Hard to see us scoring more than 17 against these guys, and even that is probably a stretch. Just have to hope for a good all-around performance and a semi-watchable 17-10ish win.

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iowa beakster's picture

The Bulldog defense is clearly better than Penn State's, but McSorley appears to be better than Fitzgerald. Maybe if we can pick up a couple early safeties and a FG against the Bulldogs we'll be in this one the whole way!

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