Northwestern Wildcats (1-0) at Iowa Hawkeyes (0-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Kinnick Stadium)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -3 -- Over/Under: 48 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Northwestern Wildcats and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Saturday in week 9 Big Ten college football action at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa's forst home game and Northwestern's first on the road.
The Northwestern Wildcats are coming off a beatdown victory over Maryland and look for their first 2-0 start since the 2015 CFB season. The Northwestern Wildcats have lost four of their last five road games. Peyton Ramsey is completing 76.7 percent of his passes for 212 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Ramsey has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. John Raine and Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman have combined for 102 receiving yards on 10 catches while Malik Washington has two receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 325 yards per contest, and Drake Anderson leads the way with 103 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing three points and 207 yards per game. Brandon Joseph leads the Northwestern Wildcats with seven tackles, Adetomiwa Adebawore has one sack and JR Pace has one interception.
The Iowa Hawkeyes were upset by Purdue in their season opener and hope to avoid their first 0-2 start in over a decade. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won six of their last seven home games. Spencer Petras is completing 56.4 percent of his passes for 265 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Petras has zero touchdown passes on his last 49 pass attempts. Sam LaPorta and Nico Ragaini have combined for 132 receiving yards on nine catches while Tyler Goodson has five receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 195 yards per contest, and Goodson leads the way with 77 yards on 16 carries. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 24 points and 386 yards per game. Jack Koerner leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 13 tackles, Barrington Wade has one sack and Matt Hankins has one interception.
The Wildcats are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in October. The under is 4-1 in Wildcats last 5 road games. The under is 9-3-1 in Hawkeyes last 13 games overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The favorite is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings. The under is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.
The Northwestern Wildcats looked really impressive in their season debut, and they're a team I've backed a ton over the years in the underdog role. Northwestern isn't the most talented team in the world, but solid coaching goes a long way in the college ranks. The Iowa Hawkeyes losing to Purdue may have surprised many, but those who have followed along know I've been high on Purdue, picked the Boilermakers to win last week and have them as a sneaky contender in the Big Ten this season. Iowa will be fine with a return home, and I expect the Hawkeyes physicality in the trenches to be the deciding factor here.
If we were getting another point or two, I'd lean Northwestern. Only a field goal? Give me Iowa.