Northwestern Wildcats (1-6) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (3-4)
October 29, 2022 3:30 pm EDT
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -10.5 / Northwestern Wildcats +10.5 ; Over/Under: -
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The Iowa Hawkeyes and Northwestern Wildcats clash Saturday in week 9 Big Ten college football action from Kinnick Stadium. Northwestern is fresh off a matchup versus Maryland. The Wildcats ended up losing by a touchdown in that game. As for Iowa, they took on Ohio State over the weekend. In that one the Hawkeyes lost in blowout fashion. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
Northwestern started out the 2022 campaign with a tight 31-28 win over Nebraska. The Wildcats hit the skids after that opener however, falling to Duke, Southern Illinois, Miami-OH, Penn State and Wisconsin in succession over the next five games.
Matched up against Maryland, the Wildcats had a 17-10 lead going into halftime. Northwestern could only score seven more points and ended up losing 31-24. QB Brandan Sullivan posted 143 yards with one TD and two picks. Evan Hull led the rush with 119 yards on 20 carries.
Over on the Iowa side, they began the season with a 7-3 win over South Dakota State and a 10-7 loss to Iowa State. The Hawkeyes won two games versus Nevada 27-0 and Rutgers 27-10 before two more losses 27-14 against Michigan and 9-6 versus Illinois.
In the Ohio State game, the Hawkeyes trailed 26-10 by halftime. Iowa couldn’t get any closer than that in a rough 54-10 blowout loss. QB Spencer Petras finished with 49 yards and two picks, while Leshon Williams rushed nine times for 31 yards.
PICK: I’m probably going with Iowa but not touching it. The Hawkeyes were completely overmatched against Ohio State this past weekend. Iowa managed just 158 total yards in that one with eight first downs, 2.7 yards per play and a whopping six turnovers. The Hawkeyes have played three tough teams over their last trio of outings, and this one should be an easier matchup.
As for Northwestern, they didn’t do too badly against a pretty good Maryland team, notching 358 total yards and 24 first downs in the loss. If Iowa’s defense shows up, it’s going to be tough for the Wildcats to find much succession the scoreboard, though.