Iowa vs. Wisconsin - 10/22/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisconsin Badgers (4-2) at Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Kinnick Stadium)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Wisconsin Badgers and Iowa Hawkeyes clash in a key Big Ten college football matchup at Kinnick Stadium on ESPN.
The Wisconsin Badgers look for a bounce back victory after frustrating losses to Michigan and Ohio State. The Wisconsin Badgers have won eight straight games against unranked teams. Alex Hornibrook is completing 56.3 percent of his passes for 680 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions. Hornibrook has one touchdown pass in each of his five games this season. Jazz Peavy and Robert Wheelwright have combined for 418 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Troy Fumagalli has 23 receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 174 yards per contest, and Corey Clement leads the way with 483 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 15.2 points and 311.3 yards per game. Jack Cichy leads the Wisconsin Badgers with 50 tackles, T.J. Watt has 5.5 sacks and Derrick Tindal has three interceptions.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes look for a third straight victory to remain in the Big Ten West race. The Iowa Hawkeyes have two wins over ranked teams since the 2014 college football season. C.J. Beathard is completing 60.1 percent of his passes for 1,227 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Beathard has four touchdown passes in his last four games. Riley McCarron and Matt VandeBerg have combined for 418 receiving yards and six touchdowns while George Kittle has 17 receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 180 yards per contest, and LeShun Daniels, Jr. leads the way with 595 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 19.1 points and 370.7 yards per game. Josey Jewell leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 61 tackles, Jaleel Johnson has 4.5 sacks and Brandon Snyder has two interceptions.
The Badgers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games and 5-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Hawkeyes are 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The low line with Wisconsin is worth a strong look, especially when you consider the road team has won the last five games between Iowa and the Badgers. However, I think playing back-to-back physical games where Wisconsin came up short is going to take its toll. And regardless of the hiccups this season, Iowa is still a well coached team that's tough to play. I've been backing Wisconsin all year, but it may be time to fade after playing in two street fights and now having to go on the road.
I like the Iowa Hawkeyes to win this game.