Iowa’s Top Rusher Out for the Season Sportbetting

December 1, 2010 Sports Betting

Sportbetting on Iowa has been successful this season as the Hawkeyes are unbeaten and in the Top 5 in the country.

That may change now though since Iowa has lost their leading rusher for the rest of the season. Iowa was fourth in the Big 10 in rushing and a sports betting online success story this year.

Sportbetting had Iowa winning last week against Michigan State but in that game redshirt freshman running back Adam Robinson suffered a high ankle sprain and now will miss the rest of the season. Robinson had 109 yards rushing in that game. He has 629 yards and five touchdowns this season. The Hawkeyes are only 86th in the country in scoring offense so losing Robinson doesn’t help their chances. This sportbetting week shouldn’t be a problem for Iowa since they play Indiana. True freshman Brandon Wegher will make his first career start in that sports betting online contest. He has rushed for 321 yards and three touchdowns on 87 carries this season.

Before this season began the Hawkeyes lost Jewl Hampton who was supposed to be the starting running back. Now with the loss of Robinson they are down to a freshman starter. What may also be important to remember is that Iowa lost another starter for the season. Starting right guard Dace Richardson will miss the rest of the regular season with an injury.

Iowa is a 17.5 point sportbetting favorite this week as they host Indiana. The Hawkeyes have been much better getting points than laying them though so it will be interesting to see how they perform without their leading rusher. The Hawkeyes have been given some sportbetting respect in the odds since they are unbeaten. Their odds to win it all have dropped to 10-1 in sports betting online. Only four teams now have lower sportbetting odds to win it all which makes some sense since Florida, Alabama and Texas are the three teams above them in the BCS standings.

Iowa still has a very tough game remaining this season and they will be sportbetting underdogs in that contest. They have to travel to Ohio State and that could be the sports betting online game that derails their perfect season. Losing Robinson is big and that is one reason that Iowa could have trouble staying unbeaten the remained of the season.