Michigan State Spartans (1-1) at Iowa Hawkeyes (0-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Kinnick Stadium)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -7 -- Over/Under: 48.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Michigan State Spartans visit the Iowa Hawkeyes as they meet Saturday in week 10 Big Ten college football action at Kinnick Stadium.
The Michigan State Spartans look for back-to-back road victories to get a game above a .500 record. The Michigan State Spartans have split their last six road games. Rocky Lombardi is completing 64 percent of his passes for 642 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Lombardi has six touchdown passes on his last 96 pass attempts. Ricky White and Jalen Nailor have combined for 353 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jayden Reed has 12 receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 88 yards per contest, and Jordon Simmons leads the way with 98 yards on 28 carries. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 31 points and 364 yards per game. Antjuan Simmons leads the Michigan State Spartans with 22 tackles, Tre Person has one sack and Shakur Brown has one interception.
The Iowa Hawkeyes need a feel good victory here to prevent a disappointing 0-3 start to the CFB season. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won six of their last eight home games. Spencer Petras is completing 53.9 percent of his passes for 481 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Petras has one touchdown pass on his last 99 pass attempts. Sam LaPorta and Ihmir Smith-Marsette have combined for 201 receiving yards on 18 catches while Nico Ragaini has seven receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 136 yards per contest, and Tyler Goodson leads the way with 120 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 22.5 points and 329.5 yards per game. Jack Koerner leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 18 tackles, Daviyon Nixon has two sacks and Matt Hankins has one interception.
The Spartans are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Spartans last 5 games overall. The under is 10-3-1 in Hawkeyes last 14 games overall. The Spartans are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Iowa and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The road team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Iowa. The under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Michigan State Spartans have been two different teams through two games, so it's going to be interesting to see which club shows up, and this is also a potential letdown spot after beating their rivals in Michigan last week as two-touchdown underdogs. The Iowa Hawkeyes are coming off back-to-back heartbreaking losses, and while they're confidence has to be shaken, they're a well coached team that should be eager to finally get in the win column. The issue here is Michigan State has shown more through two games, as even letting Northwestern and Purdue hang around in the first place is a bad sign for the Hawkeyes.
I'll gladly take Michigan State and the free touchdown.