Miami-OH Red Hawks at Iowa Hawkeyes - 9/3/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami-OH RedHawks (3-9) at Iowa Hawkeyes (12-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Kinnick Stadium)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -27.5 -- Over/Under: 52 See the Latest Odds
The Miami (Ohio) Redhawks open their season at Kinnick Stadium with the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Miami (Ohio) Redhawks were on the young side in 2015 which explains their 3-9 record to a certain extent as the team struggled to get stops and score. The Redhawks were outscored 32-18 and need better production on both sides of the ball although more scoring would definitely help keep the defense off the field a bit more. Miami (OH) needs better passing and the offense will be looking for quarterback Billy Bahl to be more then a 45% passer who also made mistakes. The Redhawks receiving duo of Rokeem Williams and Sam Martin give Bahl a few targets if he can get the ball to them while also helping alleviate some of the pressure from Alonzo Smith and Kenny Young in a rushing attack that averaged a mere 130 yards a season ago.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes were impressive a year ago with a 12-2 record and the Big Ten West title and they have some key contributors returning to lean on after outscoring opponents 31-20 behind a top 50 passing attack and a defense that refused to be run on. The Hawkeyes get back quarterback CJ Beathard who has familiar targets in Matt VandeBerg and George Kittle although four of their top five receivers are gone which means a guy like Jerminic Smith will have a bigger role. The Iowa rushing game wasn’t a strength in 2015 so many are anxious to see this team on the ground especially with Jordan Canzeri gone which puts the pressure on LaShun Daniels Jr. and Akrum Wadley with Beathard providing some help.
The under is 4-0 in Redhawks last 4 road games and the over is 4-1 in their last 5 versus the Big Ten while going 4-1 in Redhawks last 5 games in September. The over is 3-0-1 in Hawkeyes last 4 non-conference games and the Hawkeyes are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games while Iowa are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September. Not a fan of the chalk but I will back Iowa…