Iowa vs. Stanford - 1/1/16 College Football Rose Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa Hawkeyes (12-1) at Stanford Cardinal (11-2)
College Football: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Rose Bowl)
The Line: Stanford Cardinal -6 -- Over/Under: 55.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN3, ESPN
The Stanford Cardinal and Iowa Hawkeyes square off New Year’s Day afternoon at the Rose Bowl in the Rose Bowl.
The Stanford Cardinal hope to win their third bowl game under head coach David Shaw. Kevin Hogan is completing 68.6 percent of his passes for 2,644 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Hogan has six touchdown passes in his last three games. Christian McCaffrey and Michael Rector have combined for 1,026 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Austin Hooper has 31 receptions. The Stanford Cardinal ground game is averaging 225 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 1,847 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Stanford is allowing 23.1 points and 374.5 yards per game. Blake Martinez leads the Cardinal with 131 tackles, Quenton Meeks has two interceptions and Mike Tyler has 4.5 sacks. Ronnie Harris is questionable with an ankle injury.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes look to win their first bowl game since the 2010 season and seventh under Kirk Ferentz. C.J. Beathard is completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 2,570 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. Beathard has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Matt VandeBerg and Tevaun Smith have combined for 1,185 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Henry Krieger Coble has 32 receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 192 yards per contest, and Jordan Canzeri leads the way with 976 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 18.5 points and 334.2 yards per game. Josey Jewell leads the Hawkeyes with 119 tackles, Desmond King has eight interceptions and Nate Meier has 6.5 sacks. Jordan Canzeri is questionable with an ankle injury.
Once again, the Iowa Hawkeyes are being undevalued by oddmakers and the betting public. Iowa has proven time and time again this season that it's one of the top teams in the country with one of the few elite defenses. Speaking of defense, I'm not sure a one-man offense in Stanford is going to give Iowa issues the same way it did against terrible Pac-12 defenses.
I give Iowa a strong shot to win outright, which is why I'm taking the six points just to play it safe.