3 Reasons Michigan Football will beat Iowa Hawkeyes

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1. Michigan football will own the trenches

Michigan’s dominance in the trenches on both sides of the ball has been their strength all season. That strength was evidenced by the way they ran the ball against the Buckeyes and how on defense they got after C.J. Stroud and shut down a potent Ohio State passing game.

The Wolverines’ ability to manhandle teams in the trenches will be called into question against formidable Iowa lines. Can they count on them this game too?

The answer is a resounding yes.

In the three toughest outs for Michigan football where their play in the trenches would be tested the most — games against Wisconsin, Penn State, and Ohio State — the Wolverines dominated.

In those three games, Michigan averaged 184 yards rushing and only allowed a total of two sacks and 3 quarterback “hurries”. Defensively, in those same games, they had a total of 17 sacks and 11 hurries.

Though Iowa will present a challenge to Michigan because of their elite play, it’s clear, in fact, it’s abundantly clear that the Maize and Blue can and will answer the bell.