January 5, 8:00pm
(11-2) ___________ ACC _________ 356.59
___________YPG = 438.2 (125%) → +31%
____________PPG = 35.2 (148%) → +36%
dYPG = 362.5 (102%)
dPPG = 25.5 (105%)
(10-2) ___________ Big10 ________ 322.42
YPG = 330.8 (94%)
PPG = 23.6 (112%)
-27% ← dYPG = 280.3 (75%)__________
-45% ← dPPG = 15.5 (60%)__________
Hmmm... another matchup between a great defense and a great offense. I like the Hawkeyes' chances to control the game on the offensive side of the ball, partially because of how many points and yards the Yellow Jackets have given up this year. But the Georgia Tech offense can be explosive and doesn't need much time to score, despite being run-based. Iowa should be able to put up about around 20, so the game will depend on whether or not their D can hold the Yellow Jackets to less. Whoever can control the clock will win this one, and while I know Tech is the goods, I think Iowa pulls it off.
The Line: Iowa +5.5
The Call: Iowa by 4
The Result: Iowa 24-14
Stellar defensive performance from the Hawkeyes. They took a page from Georgia & Miami, the other two teams who were able to slow down the Yellow Jackets running attack, and ran it beautifully. The Jackets themselves did pretty well on D too, but their offense just wasn't clicking. The ACC still has some work to do, while the Big10 has definitely improved it's on-field reputation this year.