Middle Tennessee vs. Iowa Prediction
Can No. 14 Iowa handle a big spread at home when it has a non-conference game with Middle Tennessee on Saturday at Noon ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
141 Middle Tennessee vs. 142 Iowa
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Noon ET – Kinnick Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Iowa is the clear favorite in this game, as the Hawkeyes are getting odds of -24 points against Middle Tennessee. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 53 points. The public betting currently has 79 percent going on Iowa as the home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Middle Tennessee beat up by Duke
The Blue Raiders fell to 1-2 on the season two weeks ago with a 41-18 loss at home to Duke. Middle Tennessee is now 1-2 against the spread while hitting the over in all three games this year.
Middle Tennessee has struggled defensively this year, allowing 35.7 points and 460.7 yards per game. Offensively. MTSU is putting up 28 points and 414.7 yards per contest. Asher O’Hara is leading the team with 785 yards and eight touchdowns passing while also rushing for 202 yards and a score. Ty Lee is the leading receiver with 12 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown while Chaton Mobley has rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
Iowa edges Iowa State
Iowa had the week off this weekend, but is coming off an 18-17 win at Iowa State two weeks ago. The Hawkeyes are 3-0 on the season, 1-2 against the spread and 2-1 with the under.
The Hawkeyes have been a dominant defensive team this season, allowing just 10.3 points and 262.7 yards per game. Kristian Welch is leading the unit with 22 tackles and a sack. On offense, Iowa is averaging 28.7 points and 405.3 yards per contest. Nate Stanley is leading the offense with 689 yards and six touchdowns while Mekhi Sargent is the leading rusher with 208 yards and a score. Ihmir Smith-Marsette is the top receiver with 11 catches for 194 yards and three touchdowns.
College Football Betting Trends
The Blue Raiders are 4-1 against the spread in their last five against Big Ten opponents and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games following a loss.
Iowa is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games and 16-7-1 ATS in their last 24 games on fieldturf.
Iowa has looked pretty good thus far, as the Hawkeyes have been able to run over home opponents while locking them down defensively. Middle Tennessee was able to go on the road and cover at Michigan and I think the Blue Raiders can cover this week as well. While Iowa has looked good, this is a bit of a trap game for Iowa. The Hawkeyes are coming off a rivalry game with Iowa State and have Michigan next week. Middle Tennessee isn’t a team that they probably are worrying too much about. With the Blue Raiders being 1-2, they are desperate for an upset and should give a solid effort.
College Football Week 5 Prediction: Middle Tennessee +24