Iowa vs. Rutgers Prediction
Iowa looks to get back on track today when it hits the road to face Rutgers today at Noon ET on ESPN2.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Iowa is the clear favorite on the road, as the Hawkeyes are getting odds of -13.5 points against Rutgers. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 56.5 points. These two have no previous meetings to consider.
Iowa dropped a 23-21 decision at home to North Dakota State last week. The Hawkeyes are now 2-1 on the season and just 1-2 against the spread. In the loss to North Dakota State, Iowa was held to just 231 total yards and only 34 rushing yards. Iowa wasn’t having any issues running the ball before that, as they still averaging 148 rushing yards per game on the season. LeShun Daniels Jr. and Akrum Wadley have combined for 414 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the season to lead this offense and will be looking to get back on track today.
Rutgers has won back-to-back games, beating Howard and New Mexico. The Scarlet Knights are now 2-1 on the season, but just 1-2 against the spread. Rutgers is averaging 34 points and 388.7 yards per game right now, but the defense is giving up 30 points and 365 yards per contest. Like Iowa, Rutgers has been turning to the run game. Robert Martin has run for 252 yards to lead the offense while Janarion Grant has added 143 yards and three scores.
Rutgers has looked okay during games against Howard and New Mexico, but the Knights were leveled by Washington to start the season. Iowa is coming off a bad loss, but North Dakota State is a legitimate team that would beat many in the FBS, including Rutgers. Iowa isn’t having to give up many points because of the loss and now going on the road, but the Hawkeyes should run over Rutgers. Iowa will get a gut-check this week and be ready to hammer their opponent.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 4 PREDICTION: IOWA -13.5