Iowa vs. Purdue - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iowa vs. Purdue - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Purdue Boilermakers (4-6) at Iowa Hawkeyes (6-4)

College Football: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Kinnick Stadium)

The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -9 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Purdue Boilermakers and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Kinnick Stadium.

The Purdue Boilermakers need a win after losing four of their last five games to keep their slim bowl hopes alive. The Purdue Boilermakers have lost six of their last seven road games. Elijah Sindelar is completing 55.7 percent of his passes for 1,315 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions. Sindelar and David Blough have combined for 18 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions this season. Jackson Anthrop and Anthony Mahoungou have combined for 700 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Brycen Hopkins has 20 receptions. The Purdue Boilermakers ground game is averaging 147.4 yards per contest, and D.J. Knox leads the way with 409 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 19.3 points and 369.6 yards per game. Ja'Whaun Bentley leads the Purdue Boilermakers with 81 tackles, Markus Bailey has five sacks and Kamal Hardy has one interception.  

The Iowa Hawkeyes look for their seventh victory of the season after splitting their last eight games. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won seven of their last eight home games. Nate Stanley is completing 56.2 percent of his passes for 1,970 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. Stanley has six touchdown passes and two interceptions in his last three games. Nick Easley and Noah Fant have combined for 774 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Matt VandeBerg has 23 receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 131.4 yards per contest, and Akrum Wadley leads the way with 784 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 20.1 points and 370.3 yards per game. Josey Jewell leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 104 tackles, Anthony Nelson has six sacks and Josh Jackson has seven interceptions.

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The Boilermakers are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games on fieldturf. The Hawkeyes are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The favorite is 11-5 ATS in their last 16 meetings, the road team is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

Iowa has beat up on Purdue in each of the last four meetings, winning all of those games by at least 14 points. Based on the hit or miss play from Purdue and the lack of success on the road, it's hard seeing this game being any different. Iowa has been a really consistent football team, especially at home this season where it would be undefeated if Penn State didn't score on the last play of the game. Purdue has done a good job of keeping losses close and covering, but Iowa is simply playing better football and should be able to wear down Purdue will pulling away in the second half. In other words, more of the usual when these two teams meet. 

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Randy’s Pick Iowa Hawkeyes -9

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

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