Iowa vs. Michigan - 11/12/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Michigan Wolverines (9-0) at Iowa Hawkeyes (5-4)
College Football: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Kinnick Stadium)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes +19.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Michigan Wolverines and Iowa Hawkeyes clash Saturday night in a Big Ten college football game at Kinnick Stadium on ABC.
The Michigan Wolverines look for their 11th straight victory to remain in the college football playoff race. The Michigan Wolverines have won six straight road games. Wilton Speight is completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 2,053 yards, 15 touchdowns and three interceptions. Speight has two or less touchdown passes in seven straight games. Amara Darboh and Jake Butt have combined for 1,162 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Jehu Chesson has 25 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 251.6 yards per contest, and De'Veon Smith leads the way with 564 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 10.7 points and 246.3 yards per game. Ben Gedeon leads the Michigan Wolverines with 69 tackles, Taco Charlton has 4.5 sacks and Channing Stribling has three interceptions.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes look for some consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Iowa Hawkeyes also become bowl eligible for a fourth straight season with a victory here. C.J. Beathard is completing 59.9 percent of his passes for 1,584 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Beathard has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Riley McCarron and George Kittle have combined for 667 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Matt VandeBerg has 19 receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 152.5 yards per contest, and Akrum Wadley leads the way with 664 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 21.3 points and 402 yards per game. Josey Jewell leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 87 tackles, Jaleel Johnson has 5.5 sacks and Brandon Snyder has two interceptions.
The Wolverines are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Hawkeyes are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wolverines are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the underdog is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 meetings.
The Michigan Wolverines seem to be getting better and better each week and would probably be my pick to win it all if I had to pick right now. Iowa was supposed to be a playoff contender this season but has fallen on its face and is struggling with consistency. However, let's not act like Iowa is a pushover despite its record. The Hawkeyes have competed in most of their games and three of their four losses this season have been decided by eight or less points. Michigan also has won a game in Iowa against the Hawkeyes since 2005. When you add the fact this game is primetime under the lights, you can expect a motivated Iowa team that's going to put up a fight. I get the same feel here that I had in the Penn State - Ohio State game.
Give me the Iowa Hawkeyes and the points.