Michigan sophomore quarterback J.J. McCarthy is getting ready for just his fourth career start against Iowa this weekend, and FOX Sports' Joel Klatt has some thoughts on how McCarthy will fare.
During The Joel Klatt Show, Klatt predicted that the Hawkeyes would keep things close with the Wolverines in a "low-scoring affair." He believes that McCarthy is facing the toughest test of his young
“This is going to be a low-scoring affair. This is a game that screams defense to me, and not just because Iowa is playing in it. This is going to be a really tough test and the toughest test that we’re going to see JJ McCarthy face in his young career as the starting quarterback for Michigan," Klatt said.
McCarthy got his first taste of Big Ten opposition against Maryland last week. He completed 69.2-percent of his passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-27 win.
But McCarthy has yet to face a defense as stout as Iowa's.
Iowa currently have the No. 1 defense in the nation, allowing a grand total of 23 points so far. Their lone loss came against Iowa State in a game where they held the Cyclones to 10 points, but couldn't score more than seven of their own.
Granted, Iowa hasn't had the toughest of competition either. Their three wins have come over South Dakota State, Nevada and Big Ten minnow Rutgers.
Suffice it to say, this game won't just be J.J. McCarthy's toughest test, it will be the Iowa defense's toughest test.
How do you think McCarthy will perform against the Hawkeyes?