This game is on ESPN and it has the potential to be a very good one. The Hawkeyes are ranked 9th in the country while Arizona is ranked 24th.
Iowa is a 1.5 point favorite in this game in college football lines and the total is 46. Both teams are unbeaten on the season but neither has been tested. That changes this week.
Slugfest – This should be a defensive slugfest. Going back to last season the Hawkeyes have allowed a total of 28 points. Arizona has not allowed a touchdown this season. Last year the Hawkeyes won 27-17 and if it is a similar game this year then it would go under the total. The Hawkeyes have not allowed a rushing TD this season so they will look to make Arizona one dimensional. The betting trends point to a low scoring game. The Under is 23-6-1 in the Hawkeyes last 30 road games. The Under is 4-1 in the Wildcats last 5 games overall. The Under is 8-3 in the Wildcats last 11 home games.
Both Iowa and Arizona have been good on offense this season but their level of competition has been poor. On paper it looks like Iowa has the more balanced attack. The Hawkeyes have a veteran quarterback in Ricky Stanzi
And one of the best running backs in the nation in Adam Robinson.
Arizona quarterback Nick Foles has thrown for 287 yards per game with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He has some weapons around him as Nic Grigsby has five touchdowns on the season while receiver Juron Criner has 12 catches this season.
Great Trends for Iowa – The Hawkeyes have a lot of good betting trends for this game. They are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The Hawkeyes are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games and they are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September. Arizona’s numbers are split. They are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Wildcats are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Big Ten. The all-time series between the two teams is tied 6-6.