Iowa vs. Penn State Prediction
Can No. 12 Penn State keep its momentum going when it hits the road to face Iowa tonight at 7:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Penn State is favored at home in this game, as the Nittany Lions are getting odds of -6 points against Iowa. The over/under total for the game has been set at 52 points. Penn State has won two straight over Iowa, covering the spread in both wins.
Iowa is coming off a 17-9 loss at home to Wisconsin two weeks ago. The Hawkeyes are now 5-3 on the season and 3-2 in the Big Ten. Iowa also has a 3-5 record against the spread, but they are 2-1 ATS on the road. Iowa is struggling to produce on offense, as the unit is averaging just 348.1 yards per game this season. They are led by their running game, as Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels Jr. have combined for 1,260 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. C.J. Beathard has thrown for 1,380 yards and 11 touchdowns with just four interceptions. Defensively, Iowa is giving up 18.9 points per game but allowing 377.4 yards per contest. They have struggled somewhat to stop the run, allowing 153.8 yards per game.
Penn State has really picked up the steam as of late, having won four straight to improve to 6-2 on the year and 4-1 in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions are now 4-3-1 against the spread, but have covered in three straight. Penn State is now averaging 33.6 points and 392 yards per game on offense. They also have a solid rushing attack, led by Saquon Barkley, who has run for 888 yards and 10 touchdowns. Trace McSorley has thrown for 1,818 yards and 12 touchdowns and just three interceptions as well. Defensively, PSU is giving up 27 points and 380.4 yards per contest, but the Lions are allowing 183.4 rushing yards per contest.
Even in Penn State’s wins, they have been somewhat competitive. The Nittany Lions have three wins at home by 7 points or less. Even in Iowa’s losses, they have kept the game close, losing by 8 points or less in all three losses. The Hawkeyes have yet to lose on the road as well. Penn State may end up with a win, but this game should remain competitive.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 10 PREDICTION: IOWA +6