How We See It MSU vs. Iowa

The Spartans hit the road for the second week in a row this time to Iowa City for a battle against the Hawkeyes. breaks down the game and looks at who should walk off the field with the victory.

Mark Dantonio has his team positioned to do some special things not seen for a while in East Lansing.  A win on Saturday over Iowa, would place the Spartans in the driver's seat of the Big Ten race and possible BCS or even National Championship game.


Michigan State Rush Offense vs. Iowa Rush Defense

The Spartans have seen their running game controlled the past couple of weeks while Iowa comes into the game only giving up an average of 92 yards per game and five total rushing touchdowns.  Last week the Hawkeyes gave up 142 yards on the ground and three rushing scores.  The Spartans have average 193 yards per game and have too good of a backfield to be held in check for another week.   Look for Edwin Baker and Le'Veon Bell to get things back on track and Larry Caper to get a few more solid carries.  Advantage: Even

Iowa Rush Offense vs. Michigan State Rush Defense

Always know for having a solid run game, Iowa enters the game averaging 159 yards a game.  Last week the Hawkeyes were kept in check picking up only 118 yards on the ground.  The Spartans have been have been giving up an average of 119 yards a game and should continue to keep opponents ground games in check. Advantage: Even

Michigan State Pass Offense vs. Iowa Pass Defense

Kirk Cousins continue to get better with each week using the many targets around him.  Cousins will have to have a big game if the Spartans are to leave with a victory.  This does not mean he has to post big numbers, but he must be smart with the ball and use the pass to keep drives alive and the Hawkeyes honest on defense.  Iowa will bring the rush and could cause problems.  However, look for the Spartans wide receivers to come up big. Advantage: MSU

Iowa Pass Offense vs. Michigan State Pass Defense

The Hawkeyes use Ricky Stanzi as a game controller and not a game changer.  Stanzi is solid and has done a good job of keeping Iowa out of trouble.  The Spartans have seen continued solid play from their front seven and a defensive backfield that has made several key turnovers.  Advantage: MSU

Special Teams

Iowa has Derrell Johnson- Koulianos and Michigan State may have Keshawn Martin.  If Martin is out then the Hawkeyes will have a slight advantage in the kick return game.  However, the kicking game could play a major role and Iowa's Michael Meyer is only 4-for-5 on field goals and 17-of-18 on extra points.  Spartan kicker Dan Conroy is tested having gone 13-of-14 on field goals and a perfect 33-of-33 in extra points.  Both teams have punters that are two of the best in the conference.  Advantage: MSU


The Spartans are on the road and own Iowa from a year ago when the Hawkeyes came to East Lansing and made the play needed to win.  Iowa is the home team and Kinnick Stadium has been very, very, good to them.  Advantage: Iowa 

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