Iowa Hawkeyes vs. USC Trojans, NCAAF Holiday Bowl. The Trojans are favorites for this bowl against the Hawkeyes. The story between these two teams has always been positive for USC. But the story is old, the Hawkeyes have not played against the Trojans for more than 15 years. The two had similar seasons, problems at conferences but closed the regular season with a positive record.
Iowa Hawkeyes: History can change.
The Hawkeyes began the regular season with four straight wins against Miami, Rutgers, Iowa State and Middle Tennessee State. Three at home and one on the road. After that winning streak the team lost two consecutive games against two strong rivals in the Michigan and Penn State conference. The overall record this season was 9-3 and 6-3 at the conference.
This season the Hawkeyes are scoring an average of 23.8 points per game, 34.5 rushes with 140.2 rush yards, 18.8 completed passes for 230.2 pass yards. Tyler Goodson leads the rushes with 590 yards and 4 touchdowns but is injured and will not be available for this game. The defense is allowing 13.2 points per game, 33 rushes with 122.2 yards, 17.8 completed passes for 183.7 pass yards.
Nathan Stanley 58.9% for 219 completed passes, 2738 yards, 14 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, 129.4 overall rating. 68 personal rushes for a single touchdown. The Hawkeyes need a running back next season. The team could barely reach 1000 yards this season.
The Trojans have won all five of the most recent games against the Hawkeyes since 1970. The overall record is 7-2-0 in nine games. But the most recent game was in 2003 and the Trojans won 38-17.
USC Trojans: We are unstoppable.
The Trojans want to continue the winning streak against the Hawkeyes imposed for more than 50+ years. But this season the Trojans were not as lethal as expected. The team finished the regular season with 8-4 overall and 7-2 in the conference. In the last AP Poll the Trojans finished in 22nd place in the ranking. The record on the road this season was 3-3.
The team is scoring an average of 33.2 points per game, 30.5 rushes with 129.1 rush yards, 27.6 completed passes for 335.9 pass yards. Malepeai RB with 466 yards and 6 touchdowns, the best wide receiver is Pittman Jr with 1222 yards and 11 touchdowns. The defense allows up to 27.8 points per game, 36.3 rushes with 166.7 rush yards, 21.8 completed passes for 248.6 pass yards.
Kedon Slovis is likely to be available for this game. Slovis suffered a head injury a couple of weeks ago. This season for Slovis with 71.8% for 260 completed passes, 3242 yards, 28 touchdowns and 9 interceptions, 167.6 overall rating. 43 personal rushes for a loss of 48 yards without touchdowns.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Iowa Hawkeyes vs. USC Trojans 12/27/2019 is: take the OVER 52 (TOTALS).
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