There are some Big Ten teams that Hawkeye fans feel they know inside and out. Rutgers is not one of them. The Hawkeyes and Scarlet Knights have only faced three times in the history of the two schools, so the familiarity is probably as low as any other team in the convention.
In the words of wise and wise men like Big Tom Callahan, you could take a closer look at a T-bone by putting your head in the back of a bull, but wouldn’t you rather take the butcher’s word for it?
So just like every other week, we take the butcher’s word for it and get the inside details on Rutgers from our friends at On The Banks. This week, Greg Patoto joined us to talk about the weekend’s game.
Here is a look at our conversation.
BHGP: This Rutgers The abuse averages nearly 35 points per game for the first three weeks of the season, how did they hit it off and what can Hawkeye fans expect to see from the Scarlet Knights style on Saturday night?
OTB: Rutgers took care of Wagner the way he was supposed to, putting in 66 points. The offense comes from a poor performance against Temple with only 16 points and the only touchdown defensively. What Rutgers has done well is manage football. It totaled 142 yards against the owls and that was the bright spot so far. He took some pressure off the midfielders (which we’ll get into below).
The Crimson Knights have deep in the background, which was a question mark to come in the year. Kyle Monangai was a solid choice, more than a polished back while the shady brings the peace of speed and blast. Samuel Brown V also began to get involved in crime.
This is how Rutgers should have been successful against the Iowa defense as well. It is important to maintain the drives and take care of the football.
BHGP: Greg Schiano has used two different QBs in every game this season with Evan Simon seemingly a pocket passer and Gavin Wimsatt more mobile. How do you expect this split to look like this week and how serious and serious are his legs?
OTB: Gavin Wimsatt is still the match-time decision at this point after sustaining an injury against Temple. Noah Federal, who was first on the Rutgers team for two years, is also a decision about game time. If neither of them can go, Evan Simon will be the key player in this game.
If Wimsat could go, he’d be involved in the attack, using mainly his legs. He struggled to throw football but Rutgers was reluctant to name one key player. The offense believes that it can be successful with both options. Can it? This has yet to appear in multiplayer but in the end, we’ll have to wait and see who’s available for the game.
BHGP: On the other side of the ball, Iowa State has struggled hard in attack this season. This is a point of frustration for Hawkeye fans and a major point of concern because the Rutgers only give up 14 points per game in 2022. What should we expect to see from the Knights defense in terms of fronts and coverage, and in line with that, how do you expect them to try to put pressure on Spencer’s QB Petras who really fell apart when forced out of the script?
OTB: The Rutgers only have six sacks in three games, so overall, don’t expect Spencer Petras to be under much pressure. With that being said, Rutgers succeed in various ways. The defensive line is deep. Wesley Bailey and Keunty Hamilton were strong in the face of the race. The Maya Ahanotu were also tough.
At the same time, high school was a bright spot where it brought back a lot of experience. Max Melton and Christian Eisian lead the way. Now I hear Petras is doing better on the road. It would be interesting to see what it gives here. If Petras is around and can score some points, it will be hard for Rutgers to keep up. If this is a defensive fight, Rutgers can hang around.
BHGP: Well, it’s Iowa, so we’ll always inquire about the special teams, it’s critical this week with not only two of the best punters in the Big Ten, but also in the state. What was Adam Korsak’s average yardage over/under on Saturday and are there other names Hawk fans on special teams should know?
OTB: It’s always exciting to talk about some kicks. Adam Korsak and Tori Taylor are some of the best players. With fouls struggling, special teams and bookies can be huge in this game in terms of field position. Korsak has been one of the best players in the country over the course of his career.
If I had to over/under yards, I would say 40.5 yards per kick. Total yardage is about 240.5 yards. This means he will have to play six times, which is his average for two games. Rutgers did not gamble against Wagner, which was to be expected. Gamblers in this game will be shown on both sides.
BHGP: Well, prediction time. Our friends in DraftKings Sportsbook Would you prefer Iowa with a score of 7.5 with one of the lowest/lowest nationally at 35.5 overall points. How do you see this game playing and what is your ultimate expectation for the outcome?
OTB: The gross in this game is crazy. College football in the 1930s is so uncommon that you have to do it. Chances are you always know more than we do. Rutgers will struggle to score points. That’s why I mentioned defense and taking care of football is so important.
In the end, Iowa wins the game. Only a lot of defensive and offensive firepower makes playing again. Prevalence is deceptive here. This hook will appeal to some people but I still trust Iowa a bit more to this point. Give me a close fight early and Iowa got a late score to beat the game – Iowa 23, Rutgers 10.
So there you are – the Hawks find some insult somewhere, one way or the other. Hopefully Greg knows what he’s talking about and Iowa can carry some momentum into the showdown with Michigan.