The Iowa Hawkeyes will play host to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday in an interesting Big Ten matchup. Check out all of the game details including how to catch each snap live via an online live stream.
Two 1-0 teams will kick off their Big Ten slate on Saturday as the Iowa Hawkeyes play host to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The 20th-ranked Hawkeyes took care of business last week, walking away with a 38-14 victory over Miami (OH). Rutgers also looked strong in Week 1, defeating UMass by a score of 48-21.
Iowa enters this game as major favorites. The Hawkeyes have impressive talent on both sides of the ball and have a chance to be serious competitors in the Big Ten West this season. As per usual, Iowa has big-time talent up front on both sides of the ball this season.
Defensive end A.J. Epenesa is a likely top-ten prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft and could absolutely dominate this game against Rutgers. Epenesa was quiet on the stat sheet in Week 1, but he showed an improved sense of awareness on the field. We know Epenesa can impact the game with his obvious playmaking ability, but it was nice to see him consistently taking care of his responsibilities.
It will certainly be interesting to see if quarterback Nate Stanley and running back Mekhi Sargent can build on their success from last week, but offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs is the Hawkeye who I am most interested to see on Saturday. With starting left tackle Alaric Jackson out with a knee injury, Wirfs is moving over to the left side and has a great opportunity to solidify his status as a top-ten 2020 NFL Draft prospect.
Sophomore running back Isaih Pacheco led the way for Rutgers last week, carrying the ball 20 times for 156 yards and four touchdowns. Pacheco is an elusive back who does a fantastic job of making defenders miss in the open field. Keeping him in check will be the focus of the Iowa defense against Rutgers.
Grad transfer quarterback McLane Carter had an up-and-down opening week performance against UConn. He put up gaudy numbers (340 yards and two touchdowns), but his three interceptions are obviously concerning. The Scarlet Knights are going to need a more consistent performance out of Carter if they are going to have any chance against the Hawkeyes.
Iowa vs. Rutgers Game Details
Date: Saturday, September 7th, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. CT
Location: Iowa City, IA
Venue: Kinnick Stadium
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Betting Odds (via Bovada): Iowa -19.5
Whether Iowa rolls in this one or Rutgers is able to make it a game, this should be a fun Big Ten matchup between two interesting teams. At worst, this game is worth your time to keep tabs on some important 2020 NFL Draft prospects.