Iowa is laying double-digits on Saturday but that won’t prevent gamblers betting college football from taking the Hawkeyes at Northwestern.
Iowa is still in the mix for the Big 10 title and they are road favorites in college football betting online in this game that can be seen on ESPN 2.
Iowa -10.5 at SBG
The Hawkeyes are a big favorite against Northwestern but this game is on the road and the Hawkeyes are not a potent offensive team. Last week the Hawkeyes almost lost to Indiana as they did not cover the number. Iowa moved the ball up and down the field against Indiana but settled for four field goals on four of their drives. Ricky Stanzi was 22 of 33 for 290 yards while Marcus Coker ran for 129 yards on 22 carries. The offense still couldn’t get into the end zone very often so it was up to the Iowa defense to save the day. They held Indiana to 313 total yards last week.
Northwestern is Struggling
Remember when the Wildcats were mentioned as a surprise team earlier this year? Those days are over as Northwestern has lost three of their last four including last week to Penn State. Northwestern showed up in the first half last week against Penn State but then quit playing and not only lost, but didn’t cover the spread. Quarterback Dan Persa was shut down in the second half and Northwestern has no running game. The Northwestern defense is poor and they couldn’t stop Penn State in the second half last week. Northwestern still has six straight up wins this season but they are a rotten team against the spread as they are now 2-7.
Trends Support Iowa
The Hawkeyes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a road favorite in college football betting online. The Hawkeyes are 15-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Wildcats are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games. The Wildcats are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The Hawkeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings against Northwestern. While the trends support Iowa, the total might be the better play when betting college football. The Under is 24-8-1 in the Hawkeyes last 33 road games. The Under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.