Greg Sankey predicts Iowa will have 'big bag of offensive tricks' in B1G Championship Game
Greg Sankey has an interesting prediction for Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game.
The SEC commissioner appeared on The Pat McAfee show on ESPN on Friday afternoon to discuss a myriad of topics related to the SEC and college football in general. Sankey said, perhaps somewhat tongue-in-cheek, that he believes Iowa will have an offensive outburst on Saturday vs. Michigan.
“I’m certain, I’m convinced, that Iowa has a big bag of offensive tricks for tomorrow,” Sankey said. “I think they’ve been saving it all year. The defense is specialized, finely-tuned. I think it’s going to be a big bag of offensive tricks.”
That might be a bit of wish-casting from Sankey, who delivered the prediction with a grin. Iowa has showed very few signs of offensive progress in 2023. The Hawkeyes have averaged 4.12 yards per play this season, which ranks dead last in the Big Ten.
Iowa will also be facing one of the best defenses in the country in Michigan. The Wolverines are allowing just 4.41 yards per play in 2023, which ranks 4th nationally behind only Penn State, Iowa and Ohio State.
A loss from Michigan would certainly complicate the College Football Playoff picture when the final rankings are revealed on Sunday. The SEC still has 2 teams, Georgia and Alabama, who are in the mix to receive a berth pending the outcome of the SEC title game.