Iowa vs. Penn State Total Pick

Iowa vs. Penn State, 10/24/18 College Football Predictions & Preview

How will two hard-nosed football teams, No. 17 Penn State and No. 18 Iowa, have their Big Ten game play out when they meet on Saturday at 3:30PM ET?

Game Snapshot & Odds

185 Iowa at 186 Penn State

Saturday, October 27, 2018

3:30PM ET – Beaver Stadium


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Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers at, Penn State is favored at home, as the Nittany Lions are getting odds of -6.5 points against Iowa. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 52.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 66 percent going on Iowa on the road. 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 on a win streak

The Iowa Hawkeyes are on a three-game win streak, following a 23-0 win at home over Maryland. Iowa is now 6-1 on the season, 3-1 in the Big Ten, 6-1 against the spread and 4-3 with the over. The Hawkeyes have hit the over in four of their last five.

Iowa has a strong defense that is giving up 14.1 points and 258.1 yards per game. Their run defense is allowing just 79.6 yards per contest. On offense, the Hawkeyes are averaging 30.6 points and 397.3 yards per game. Nate Stanley has thrown for 1,559 yards and 16 touchdowns and six interceptions to lead the offense while Toren Young has rushed for 403 yards on 82 carries.

Penn State ends skid

Penn State put and end to its two-game losing streak last week with a 33-28 win at Indiana. The Nittany Lions had lost to Ohio State and Michigan State at home prior. PSU is now 5-2 on the season, 2-2 in the Big Ten, 4-3 against the spread and 5-2 with the over.

The Nittany Lions are putting up 42.6 points and 480.6 yards per game on offense this year. They are balanced with their attack, averaging 240 yards in the air and on the ground. Miles Sanders has rushed for 772 yards and eight touchdowns while Trace McSorley has run for 554 yards and eight scores. McSorley has thrown for 1,461 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is giving up 22.0 points and 392 yards per game.

College Football Betting Trends


The Hawkeyes have hit the over in their last five road games and in six of their last eight following a win.

Penn State

Penn State has hit the over in eight of its last 10 overall and seven of its last 10 conference games.


Penn State has played to the level of its competition over recent weeks and I would expect more of the same this week. Iowa has a run defense that is going to challenge Penn State and force McSorley to have to use his arm more. He hasn’t looked great in that situation in recent games. Iowa has put up some big numbers on the road this year, but I see the Hawkeyes facing some resistance from Penn State, which really needs this win. I expect the total to go under today.

College Football Prediction: Iowa/Penn State Under 52.5


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