Iowa Hawkeyes (1-2) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-2)
College Football: Friday, November 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers +3 -- Over/Under: 55.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Minnesota Golden Gophers meet in Big Ten conference Friday Night college football action from TCF Bank Stadium in Minnesota in a matchup of 1-2 teams.
The Iowa Hawkeyes will look to build on their first win of the season to improve to 1-2 on the year after a 49-7 win over Michigan State last time out. Spencer Petras has thrown for 648 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 54.3% passing while Tyler Goodson leads Iowa in rushing with 233 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Mekhi Sargent also has 100+ rushing yards and 3 touchdowns while Sam LaPorta leads Iowa with 13 catches for 128 yards and Nico Ragaini also has 100+ receiving yards. Brandon Smith also has a pair of receiving touchdowns for the Hawkeyes this season. Defeensively, Nick Niemann has a team-high 25 total tackles while Riley Moss has a team-high 14 solo tackles and Chauncey Golston and Davyion Nixon each have a pair of sacks. Barrington Wade also has a pair of interceptions for Iowa this season.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers will try to build off of their first win of the season after a 41-14 win over Illinois last time out to improve to 1-2 on the year. Tanner Morgan has thrown for 602 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 61.6% passing while Mohamed Ibrahim has rushed for a team-high 571 yards and 10 touchdowns. Rashod Bateman leads Minnesota’s receiving group with 24 catches for 302 yards while Chris Autman-Bell has 162 receiving yards for Minnesota this season. Defensively, Tyler Nubin leads Minnesota with 21 total tackles and 16 solo tackles while Boye Mafe has a team-high 3.5 sacks this season.
Iowa is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a losing home record while the under is 10-4-1 in their last 15 games overall. Minnesota is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. Iowa is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I think this is going to be the game to watch on Friday as the winner gets back to .500 while the loser has a long road back to potentially reaching a bowl game. With that said, both teams are better than a 1-2 mark this season, it’s just that the bounces haven’t gone their respective ways. This is going to be a game where the lines are going to be the difference, and I trust the offense that Minnesota brings to the table with Ibrahim, Morgan and Batemon than I do Iowa’s and while I’m not sure Ibrahim scores four TDs for a third straight game, I do think he does enough to guide Minnesota to a cover and potentially outright win at home here. Give me the Gophers and the free field goal at home in this one.