Iowa vs. Minnesota - 10/28/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iowa vs. Minnesota - 10/28/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-3) at Iowa Hawkeyes (4-3)

College Football: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm (Kinnick Stadium)

The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -8.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Kinnick Stadium.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for their second road victory after splitting their last six games overall. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have split their last six road games. Conor Rhoda is completing 54.1 percent of his passes for 839 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Rhoda and Demry Croft have combined for nine touchdown passes and seven interceptions this season. Tyler Johnson and Nate Wozniak have combined for 593 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Brandon Lingen has nine receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 188 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 545 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 19 points and 317 yards per game. Thomas Barber leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 63 tackles, Carter Coughlin has 4.5 sacks and Jacob Huff has two interceptions. 

The Iowa Hawkeyes also look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won five of their last six home games. Nate Stanley is completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 1,513 yards, 16 touchdowns and three interceptions. Stanley has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Nick Easley and Matt VandeBerg have combined for 602 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Akrum Wadley has 18 receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 131.5 yards per contest, and Wadley leads the way with 573 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 18.4 points and 381.3 yards per game. Josey Jewell leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 70 tackles, Anthony Nelson has five sacks and Josh Jackson has two interceptions.

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The Golden Gophers are 7-1-3 ATS in their last 11 road games, 3-1-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The Hawkeyes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf. The Golden Gophers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 meetings in Iowa, the underdog is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings and the under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings.

You can throw out stats and records during rivarly games, and this is a big rivarly that dates back to the 30s and the winner is rewarded the Floyd of Rosedale. The last two meetings between Minnesota and Iowa have been decided by a combined 12 points. As for the form right now, Minnesota has been hit or miss, but the defense has held its own and keeps the Golden Gophers in games. Iowa is coming off a physical overtime loss to Northwestern, and its only good win this season was an overtime contest to Iowa State. Neither team is going to blow the other out, so the points will come in handy in this spot.

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Golden Gophers +8.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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