Iowa vs. North Texas - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Texas Mean Green (1-1) at Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Kinnick Stadium)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -24 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Texas Mean Green and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Kinnick Stadium.
The North Texas Mean Green look for a big road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The North Texas Mean Green have lost four straight road games. Mason Fine is completing 69.1 percent of his passes for 648 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Fine has seven touchdown passes in his last four games. Jalen Guyton and Michael Lawrence have combined for 332 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Turner Smiley has four receptions. The North Texas Mean Green ground game is averaging 252.5 yards per contest, and Jeffery Wilson leads the way with 212 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, North Texas is allowing three points and 379.5 yards per game. Khairi Muhammad leads the North Texas Mean Green with 13 tackles, E.J. Ejiya has two sacks and Kemon Hall has one interception.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes look for their second home victory to build on their 2-0 record. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won three straight home games. Nate Stanley is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 458 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. Stanley now has eight touchdown passes on 65 career pass attempts. Nick Easley and Akrum Wadley have combined for 197 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Matt VandeBerg has five receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 151 yards per contest, and Akrum Wadley leads the way with 234 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 22 points and 350 yards per game. Josey Jewell leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 21 tackles, A.J. Epenesa has 1.5 sacks and Joshua Jackson has one interception.
The Mean Green are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Hawkeyes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf, 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The under is 4-1 in Hawkeyes last 5 home games and the over is 4-0 in Mean Green last 4 games overall.
The North Texas Mean Green haven't played the best football in the world, but they have shown promise on the offensive side and are averaging 45.5 points early this season. Those numbers won't be repeated against this Iowa defense, but the Hawkeyes are also a grind it our style team that eats clock and doesn't blown teams out. When you combine North Texas' ability to move the football and the fact Iowa plays games a little too close to the vest, you get the feeling the Mean Green can keep this game within the large number. I'll take my chances with the points here.