Iowa vs. Northwestern Total Pick
What can we expect from the Big Ten clash between No. 20 Iowa and Northwestern this Saturday at Noon ET in Evanston?
Game Snapshot & Odds
131 Iowa vs. 132 Northwestern
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Noon ET – Ryan Field
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Iowa is favored on the road, as the Hawkeyes are getting odds of -10.5 points against Northwestern. The over/under total for the game is listed at just 37.5 points. The public betting currently has 52 percent going on Iowa as the road 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.
Iowa snaps losing streak
The Iowa football team put an end to a two-game losing streak this past weekend when the Hawkeyes defeated Purdue 26-20 at home. Iowa is now 5-2 on the season, 2-2 in the Big Ten, 2-5 against the spread and 5-1-1 with the under.
Iowa has one of the best defenses in the nation, allowing just 11.6 points and 275.6 yards per game. Offensively, Iowa is putting up 25 points and 405.6 yards per contest. Nate Stanley has thrown for 1,771 yards and nine touchdowns while Mekhi Sargent has 397 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Ihmir Smith-Marsette is the leading receiver with 27 catches for 443 yards and three touchdowns.
Northwestern continues slide
The Northwestern football team continued its losing streak last weekend with a 52-3 loss at home to Ohio State. The Wildcats have lost four straight to fall to 1-5 on the season. They are also 0-4 in the Big Ten, 2-4 against the spread and 4-2 with the under.
Despite the poor record, Northwestern has a respectable defense. The Wildcats are giving up 25.2 points and 346.7 yards per game. Joe Gaziano is leading the defense with 29 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Offensively, Northwestern is averaging just 12.5 points and 277.3 yards per game. The Cats haven’t gotten anything from their QB’s, as Hunter Johnson and Aidan Smith have combined for 682 passing yards with two touchdowns and nine interceptions. Drake Anderson is leading the offense with 405 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
College Football Betting Trends
The Hawkeyes have hit the under in four straight conference games, but they are 8-2 with the over in their last 10 road games.
The Wildcats are 7-3 with the under in their last 10 conference games and 42-15-1 with the under in their last 58 home games.
These two have hit the under in their last two meetings, scoring under 30 points in both contests. However, I think the total is too low for my liking. Northwestern has been getting pushed around by opponents, no matter who they have been playing. Michigan State scored 31 on Northwestern in Evanston a month ago and the Spartans are a poor offense. Iowa has the ability to do the same, if not more. The Hawkeyes should be able to run the ball effectively, while Stanley makes enough key throws. Northwestern hasn’t been shutout yet, so I would expect the Wildcats to get around 10 points, which will be enough to hit the over.
College Football Week 9 Prediction: Iowa/Northwestern Over 37.5