On the Line | Daily Iowan football staff picks a slate of Week 3 college football games

The DI’s band of football experts picked five of this week’s top matchups. Game selections and records will be released each week.


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Iowa defensive back Cooper DeJean downs a punt by Iowa punter Tory Taylor near South Dakota State’s end zone during a football game between Iowa and South Dakota State at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. The Hawkeyes defeated the Jackrabbits, 7-3. DeJean had two solo tackles.

DI Staff

Nevada @ Iowa:

Austin Hanson, Pregame Editor (6-4): Nevada — Nevada is averaging 34 points per game. Iowa isn’t.

Chloe Peterson, Sports Editor (6-4): Iowa — I guess, but there’s no chance the Hawkeyes cover.

Chris Werner, Assistant Sports Editor (6-4): Iowa —Let’s see which team is less bad.

Isaac Goffin, Football Reporter (5-5): Iowa — Party like it’s 1999, Hawkeyes.

Michael Merrick, DITV Sports Director (5-5): Iowa — The defense will score enough points on its own.

John Bohnenkamp, Sports Writing Coach (5-5): Iowa — I mean, Incarnate Word scored 55 on Nevada.

Jason Brummond, Publisher (5-5): Iowa — How much to schedule Nevada for basketball? I’ll chip in $20.

Troy @ Appalachian State:

Hanson: Appalachian State — Fun fact: Every team in the FBS is better on offense than Iowa.

Peterson: Appalachian State — GameDay came here for a reason.

Werner: Appalachian State — It seems like the Mountaineers beat everyone.

Goffin: Appalachian State — A Power Five team’s worst nightmare.

Merrick: Appalachian State — I wish the CFP was already expanded.

Bohnenkamp:Appalachian State — Boone is going to be a happening place this week.

Brummond:Appalachian State — Troy isn’t as good as Texas A&M.

Miami @ Texas A&M:

Hanson: Miami — ‘Canes will put a no CFP chain on the Aggies this week.

Peterson: Texas A&M — Lose to App State, still in the AP Poll somehow.

Werner: Miami — The Hurricans have some cool E:60s.

Goffin: Texas A&M — I don’t trust The U.

Merrick: Miami — Jimbo won’t be fishing with the Hurricanes.

Bohnenkamp: Texas A&M — Aggies will bounce back.

Brummond: Miami — The U is back.

California @ Notre Dame:

Hanson: California — The Irish can’t even win one for the Gipper right now.

Peterson: California — Notre Dame is so not back.

Werner: Notre Dame — Third time’s the charm for the Irish.

Goffin: Notre Dame — Both schools are accessible via I-80.

Merrick: Notre Dame — Freeman’s gotta get his first win sometime.

Bohnenkamp: Notre Dame — Still trying to figure out that Marshall game.

Brummond: Notre Dame — Scott Frost is available if this doesn’t work out for the Irish.

Auburn @ Penn State:

Hanson: Penn State — I think there’s a “Wizard of Oz “ joke in here somewhere.

Peterson: Penn State — The Nittany Lions may or may not be back.

Werner: Penn State — Lions and Tigers are paired, oh my.

Goffin: Auburn — I once saw Auburn beat Purdue, 63-14.

Merrick: Penn State — Lions > Tigers.

Bohnenkamp: Penn State — A win in SEC country would look nice for the Big Ten.

Brummond: Penn State — Contractual obligation to cheer for the Big Ten.