Iowa vs. Northwestern - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northwestern Wildcats (1-3) at Iowa Hawkeyes (3-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Kinnick Stadium)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northwestern Wildcats and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten showdown at Kinnick Stadium.
The Northwestern Wildcats are desperate for a victory after a disappointing 1-3 start to the season. Clayton Thorson is completing 53.2 percent of his passes for 956 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Thorson has five touchdown passes in his last five games. Austin Carr and Flynn Nagel have combined for 517 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Macan Wilson has six receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 108 yards per contest, and Justin Jackson leads the way with 339 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 17 points and 435 yards per game. Jaylen Prater leads the Wildcats with 38 tackles, Ifeadi Odenigbo has one sack and Jared McGee has one interception.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes have not lost back-to-back home games since November of 2014. C.J. Beathard is completing 59.1 percent of his passes for 741 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. Beathard has 10 touchdown passes in his last five games. Matt VandeBerg and George Kittle have combined for 476 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Jerminic Smith has seven receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 159.2 yards per contest, and LeShun Daniels, Jr. leads the way with 301 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 13.5 points and 365.3 yards per game. Josey Jewell leads the Hawkeyes with 33 tackles, Matt Nelson has four sacks and Brandon Snyder has one interception.
The Wildcats are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Iowa layed the smackdown on Northwestern last season on the road, and that was when the Wildcats were a damn good football team. The Wildcats are having issues running the football and when your quarterback isn't any good, it results in massive issues and puts the defense in a horible position. Iowa is due for a breakout performance after back-to-back shaky games and you have to like the fact the Hawkeyes have outscored the Wildcats by a score of 88-17 the last two seasons.