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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/23/13

Michigan Wolverines (7-3) at Iowa Hawkeyes (6-4)

College Football: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Kinnick Stadium)

The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -6 See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN HD

The Michigan Wolverines head to Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday to square off against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes have played some decent ball this season, and with their latest win, two weeks ago over the Purdue Boilermakers; the Hawks became bowl eligible this season.  Iowa is not dominant however, and even though offensively the Iowa Hawkeyes are improved this season with Rudock under center, still this is far from an explosive offense in Iowa City.  One thing that Iowa does have going for them is their defense.  The Hawkeyes are allowing just 18.7 points per game this season, ranking the Hawks 12th in the nation in scoring defense.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/23/13

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The Michigan Wolverines are sitting at 7-3 this season, while going 3-3 in the Big Ten.  The Wolverines have been struggling lately, winning just one out of their last three, defeating the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field this past weekend.  It was good to see some semblance of life from this Wolverine offense, but, like the Hawks, Michigan is led by their stout defense.  Michigan is ranked 95th in the nation in rushing yards so far on the year, and with Iowa’s front seven, don’t expect that to improve on Saturday.  You can however throw on Iowa a bit, and hopefully for Big Blue, Gardner will play better here than he has of late.

So far this season the Michigan Wolverines have been solid to bookmakers, going 5-5 against the spread.  When traveling, the Michigan Wolverines are just 1-3 against the spread on the year.  Like their overall record this season, the Michigan Wolverines are 3-3 against the spread when facing Big Ten opponents.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are a profitable 6-4 against the spread, barely falling in the black.  Iowa is also 4-3 against the spread when coming into the game as a favorite.  When playing against the Big Ten, the Hawks are only slightly better than the Wolverines, going 4-2 against the spread this season.

I’m going to go with the Hawks here.  Honestly I’ve been back and forth on this one a bit as it’s hard to see a clear advantage either way.  Both the Wolverines and the Hawks are solid defensively, and lately neither team has been all that impressive on the offensive side of the ball.

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I think that Iowa will have the advantage with having an extra week to rest and prepare here, as well as the Wolverines having to face their arch rival the Ohio State Buckeyes the following week.  Small play for me, but I’ll back the Hawks here at home.

Iowa -6

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