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After a win over Michigan, can the Spartans carry that momentum into a game against Iowa? See what our writers think

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After moving to 1-1 with a win over Michigan, Michigan State will now head to Iowa to face the 0-2 Hawkeyes on Nov. 7.

Despite being 0-2, Iowa is currently favored by about a touchdown. Will the Spartans continue their winning ways or will Iowa get its first win of the season? See what our writers have to say.

Matt Hoeppner

Michigan State 23, Iowa 20

The Spartans keep the momentum from last week going in Iowa with a late field goal from Matt Coghlin making the difference.

Paul Fanson

Iowa 31, Michigan State 21

I am conflicted here. Personally, if MSU can build on last weekend’s win in Ann Arbor or at least play with a similar level of focus and energy, then I really like the Spartans’ chances to win straight up. That said, I make it my policy to always go by the cold, hard numbers and they say Iowa wins by 10, so I will keep that as my “official” pick. Based on the opening line, MSU’s odds to win are only 26 percent. But when push comes to shove, I have a very hard time believing that after what I saw last weekend. How’s that for a hedge?

David Harns

Michigan State 27, Iowa 20

Tucker’s Spartans keep rolling, beating the Hawkeyes 27-20 to stay undefeated on the road in 2020.

Zach Manning

Michigan State 27, Iowa 23

Michigan State has scored 27 in both games thus far, so why not stick with it for a third game. I think Rocky Lombardi has a nice homecoming and the Spartans do just enough to get by the Hawkeyes on the road.

Ryan O’Bleness

Michigan State 20, Iowa 17

I expect a classic Big Ten battle in this one, with a very physical, relatively low-scoring game. The Hawkeyes are desperate for a win after an 0-2 start, and Iowa is a tough place to play (with or without fans), but I expect MSU’s confidence to grow since last week’s win over Michigan. I think the coaching staff puts together another good game plan and wins a close battle that could come down to the last possession. Michigan State has had some recent success against Iowa, and I had this game circled on the calendar as a potential upset victory for the Spartans. We’ll see if that holds true.

Kyle Thele

Michigan State 25, Iowa 18

Because at this point, why not? I’m expecting all of the things to happen, a safety, both successful and unsuccessful two-point conversion attempts, lots of field goals, and throw in a non-offensive touchdown for good measure. No idea who will do what, but I think Michigan State end up on top. The offense doesn’t look pretty, but they found a rhythm against a good Michigan team

Matt Sheehan

Iowa 27, Michigan State 19

The fan side of me is very fired up about last week, and beating an 0-2 team should be a no-brainer. But man, that Vegas opening line of Iowa -9 STINKS OUT LOUD. When a line stinks that bad, it’s smart to take it. I guess Vegas likes Iowa’s defense, because I know it can’t possibly be their offense they love (can it?). Iowa’s defense will keep everything in front of them, so the multiple deep shots like we saw last week probably won’t happen. MSU’s run game is just “ehh” at best. I look at those two areas, and that’s where I think “all right, maybe this is what Vegas really, really likes about this game for Iowa.”

Kevin Knight

Michigan State 17, Iowa 14

As is typical for an MSU-Iowa game, this one won’t see a lot of success if you don’t measure that via field position punting battles. While I think the Hawkeyes come out swinging hard and almost frantically in this one following two-straight losses, I expect Coach Tucker and staff to have prepared properly and come up with the adjustments needed to do just enough on offense for the W. Spartans may struggle a bit early from the hangover after a big upset last week, but they shake it off after the wave and get the win in Kinnick.

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