Northwestern Wildcats at Iowa Hawkeyes - 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 -13 -- Over/Under: 40 See the Latest Odds
The Northwestern Wildcats will travel to play the Iowa Hawkeyes in a Big Ten game this Saturday.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 3-1 this season after beating Rutgers in their last game by a score of 14-7. Iowa really struggled in this game but was able to score late in the fourth quarter for the victory. The Iowa offense is averaging 30.5 points per game with 159.3 rushing yards and 197 passing yards per game. C.J. Beathard is completing 59.1% of his passes for 741 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 1 interception for Iowa. Leshun Daniels has rushed for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Akrum Wadley has rushed for 274 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Hawkeyes. Iowa is missing their leading receiver, Matt VandeBerg, with an injury. George Kittle has caught 10 passes for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns for Iowa. The Iowa defense is giving up 13.5 points per game with 179 rushing yards and 186.3 passing yards per game. Josey Jewell has led the Iowa defense with 33 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, while Ben Niemann has added 30 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 1 interception. Keith Duncan has gone 1-1 on field goals for Iowa, with a long of 22 yards.
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The Northwestern Wildcats are 1-3 this season after losing to Nebraska by a score of 24-13 in their last game. Northwestern was just overmatched in this game and wasn’t able to get the offensive push they needed. The Northwestern offense is averaging 16.3 points per game with 108 rushing yards and 239.5 passing yards per game. Clayton Thorson is completing 53.2% of his passes for 956 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for Northwestern. Justin Jackson has rushed for 339 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Clayton Thorson has rushed for 41 yards and 1 touchdown for the Wildcats. Austin Carr has caught 26 passes for 392 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Flynn Nagel has caught 10 passes for 125 yards for Northwestern. The Northwestern defense is giving up 17 points per game with 177.5 rushing yards and 257.5 passing yards per game. Jaylen Prater has led the Wildcats defense with 38 tackles and 1 tackle for loss, while Godwin Igwebuike has added 37 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 1 interception. Jack Mitchell has gone 1-4 on field goals this season, with a long of 40 yards for Northwestern.
Northwestern is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Northwestern’s last 4 conference games. Iowa is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games and 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 home games. The under is 5-2 in Iowa’s last 7 games. The home team is 5-1 ATS in these two teams last 6 meetings.
Iowa comes into this game struggling in their last couple of games, while Northwestern comes into this game with an offense that has been very slow to start the season. The Northwestern defense is a good unit and will keep the Wildcats in this game, but I like Iowa to win this game outright. However, I am going with Northwestern with the points due to their defense.