Iowa State vs. Iowa Prediction
Who has the edge when in-state rivals, Iowa and Iowa State meet up in a featured game of Week 2 in the college football season?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, September 8, 2018
5PM ET – Kinnick Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Iowa is favored to win this game, as the Hawkeyes are getting odds of -4 points against Iowa State. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 46.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 65 percent going on Iowa at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Iowa hammers Northern Illinois
Iowa opened its season with an impressive win at home over Northern Illinois, 33-7. The Hawkeyes covered the 9.5-point spread in the victory while going under the 46-point total. The Hawkeyes have covered the spread in three straight games.
In last week’s win, Iowa was dominant on defense, holding NIU to just 211 total yards and only 110 passing yards. Offensively, Iowa put up 352 total yards with 209 rushing yards. Toren Young led the way with 84 yards on eight carries while Ivory Kelly-Martin had 62 yards on 16 carries. Both men scored in the win. Nate Stanley threw for just 108 yards on 11 of 23 passing.
Iowa State opens its season
Iowa State is making its 2018 debut this week. The Cyclones are coming off an 8-5 year with a 5-4 record in the Big 12. Matt Campbell is coming into his third season as head coach of Iowa State and has an 11-14 record. Iowa State was an impressive 11-2 against the spread last season and 9-4 with the under. ISU is 8-0-1 against the spread in its last nine games.
Last year, Iowa State had an offense that put up 380 points over 13 games while allowing just 272 points. The offense was led by returning running back, David Montgomery. He rushed for 1,146 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017. Kyle Kempt also returns at quarterback. He threw for 1,787 yards and 15 touchdowns with three interceptions. He came on late in the year and established himself as their starting QB.
College Football Betting Trends
Iowa is 4-1-1 against the spread in its last six home games and 9-3-1 ATS in its last 13 games on fieldturf.
The Cyclones are 6-0-1 against the spread in their last seven road games and they have covered the spread in five straight non-conference games.
Iowa has won the last three in this series and I like the Hawkeyes at home. This should be a defensive battle, but the Hawkeyes have always been tough at home. They beat Iowa State 42-3 at home back in 2016 and I expect their defense will be too tough for the Cyclones today. Iowa State should give Iowa some problems as well with their defense, but I expect the Hawkeyes to grind out the victory.
College Football Prediction: Iowa -4