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Rose Bowl Prediction: Iowa Hawkeyes win

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The 6th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes (12-1) and the 5th ranked Stanford Cardinal (11-2) will face each other in the Rose Bowl at approx. 5:15 pm on ESPN. They’ll kick off from Pasadena, Calif in the “Grand Daddy of Them All.”

This is the Hawkeyes first Rose Bowl appearance since 1991. They’ll also look to give the Big Ten Conference a good appearance in the game after the Michigan State Spartans were destroyed by the Alabama Crimson Tide last night in the College Football Playoff National Semi-Final.

This is Stanford’s third Rose Bowl appearance in the past four years. Under head coach David Shaw, the team is 1-1 in the Rose Bowl with the loss coming in 2014 in a 24-20 loss to the Michigan State Spartans.

The Hawkeyes will defeat the Cardinal, 38-26. This is according to our whatifsports.com simulation.

The Cardinal had the ball for 31 minutes and a second in time of possession. The Hawkeyes had the rock for 28 minutes and 59 seconds.

Stanford had 413 yards to Iowa, who had 349 yards.

Kevin Hogan, whose playing in his final game for the Cardinal, went 21-of-30 for 277 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. His counterpart, C.J. Beathard, the Hawkeyes junior signal caller, went 16-of-24 for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

Jordan Canzeri, who is playing after hurting his ankle in the Big Ten Conference Championship game against the Spartans, had a 107 yards and two touchdowns. LeShun Daniels Jr. had 44-yards, while Beathard added six-yards and Derrick Mitchell Jr. had two-yards. Akrum Wadley added a yard.

Tevaun Smith had a 109 receiving yards and a touchdown. Henry Kreiger Coble and Canzeri added 29-yards each. Matt VandeBerg added 18-yards, while Jacob Hillyer had four-yards and a touchdown.

Christian McCaffrey, the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting, had a 108 rushing yards and a touchdown. Hogan added 25-yards and Remound Wright had 3-yards.

Michael Rector had 93 receiving yards, while Austin Hooper had 59-yards. Devon Cajuste added 46-yards and a touchdown. Francis Owusu added 36-yards, while McCaffrey had 24-yards and a touchdown. Dalton Schultz had 16-yards, while Wright had three-yards.

Mustafa Branch had a sack for the Cardinal defense. The Hawkeyes defense faired much better, as they had a sack and an interception. Cole Fisher had the sack, while Josey Jewell had the interception.

The Hawkeyes would score the final 10 points of the game. Smith caught a 6-yard touchdown reception from Beathard to make it 38-26 with 3:53 left in the game. Hawkeyes kicker Michael Koehn made a 22-yard field goal to make it 31-26 with 8:18 remaining.

McCaffrey had a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth to make it 28-26 with 9:47 left in the game. However, Shaw called a two-point conversion, which failed.

Desmond King returned a punt for a 63-yard touchdown in the third quarter for the 21-20 Hawkeyes lead. Canzeri added a 17-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to make it 28-20.

After the 20 unanswered points, the Hawkeyes scored two touchdowns to end the first half. Hillyer made it 20-7 with a 1-yard touchdown reception with 2:34 left in the second quarter.

Canzeri scored on a 2-yard run with five seconds remaining in the half to cut the lead to 20-14.

The Cardinal scored 20 points to begin the contest. Kicker Conrad Ukropina made a 45-yard field goal with 8:45 left in the first half for the 20-0 lead.

McCaffrey had a 4-yard touchdown reception from Hogan with 13:52 left in the second quarter to make it 17-0. Ukropina made it 10-0 when he kicked a 42-yard field goal with 4:52 left in the first quarter.

Cajuste caught a 13-yard touchdown reception from Hogan for the 7-0 lead with 12:07 left in the first quarter.

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