By RossWB on November 13, 2021 at 9:30 am
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WHO: Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten)
WHEN: 2:30 PM CT (Saturday, November 13)
WHERE: Duke Slater Field at Kinnick Stadium (Iowa City, IA)
TV: BTN (Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis, Rick Pizzo)
RADIO: Hawkeye Radio Network (TuneIn, or local listings) | SiriusXM Ch. 195
STREAM: FoxSports.com
MOBILE: Fox Sports app 
TWITTER: @IowaFBLive | @IowaAwesome | @IowaOnBTN
WEATHER: clear, highs around 35, winds around 10-15 mph
LINE: Iowa -14.5 (TOTAL: 37.0) 

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Two weeks ago Iowa played a rival school from a neighboring state with a strong defense and a burly, super-sized offensive line that likes to run the ball. This week Iowa is set to play a rival school from a neighboring state with a strong defense and a burly, super-sized offensive line that likes to run the ball. Two weeks ago Wisconsin absolutely flattened Iowa and trotted to an easy 27-7 win. Can Iowa flip the script in a similar match-up with Minnesota this week? 

Minnesota's defense is good, but not as stifling as the Badger defense, so that's a plus. And while the Gopher run game has been good at times, it hasn't been as consistent as the Badger attack -- and it's also a run game that Iowa has had great success at bottling up in recent seasons. If that trend holds true again this year, Iowa should have a very good opportunity to win the game. Putting the game on Tanner Morgan's arm -- against a ball-hawking Iowa secondary -- seems like a winning strategy for the Hawkeyes. 

On offense, what can Alex Padilla do for an encore -- and can Iowa build an early lead? Iowa's success this year has usually come from building early leads, which makes the opponent more one-dimensional on offense and gives the defense more opportunities to pin their backs and attach offenses or wait to capitalize on mistakes. That was the same gameplan Iowa rode to victory against Minnesota in 2019, too. It can be nerve-wracking to watch (especially when the offense retreats into its shell and takes the second half off), but it can be very effective, too. 

For Padilla, this is a big opportunity. He's had a full week of reps with the first team offense and he enters this game as the announced starter. He had a good showing off the bench last week, so the key will be building on that performance here. He has a good rapport with Keagan Johnson and Arland Bruce IV -- hopefully he can parlay that into some big plays in the passing game. 

Hit a few big plays on offense, force a few turnovers on defense, be stout against the run. That's the blueprint for another Iowa win today and for keeping Floyd of Rosedale in Iowa City for another year. Go out and do it, Hawks. 


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