Middle Tennessee at Iowa
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 11:01 AM (Kinnick Stadium)
The Line: Iowa -23.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Kinnick Stadium.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders look for an upset win to get back to a .500 record. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have split their last six road games. Asher O'Hara is completing 70.8 percent of his passes for 785 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. O'Hara has eight touchdown passes on 109 career pass attempts. Ty Lee and Jarrin Pierce have combined for 263 receiving yards and three touchdowns while CJ Windham has seven receptions. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders ground game is averaging 147.3 yards per contest, and O'Hara leads the way with 202 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Middle Tennessee is allowing 35.7 points and 460.7 yards per game. Reed Blankenship leads the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders with 25 tackles, Jordan Branch has one sack and Justin Brown has two pass deflections.
The Iowa Hawkeyes look for another victory to improve to 4-0 on the season. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won six of their last eight home games. Nate Stanley is completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 689 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Stanley has three or more touchdown passes in six of his last 12 games. Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Nico Ragaini have combined for 203 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Mekhi Sargent has nine receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 173 yards per contest, and Sargent leads the way with 208 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 10.3 points and 262.7 yards per game. Kristian Welch leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 22 tackles, Amani Jones has one sack and Michael Ojemudia has two interceptions.
The Blue Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 16-7-1 ATS in their last 24 games on fieldturf. The over is 10-4 in Hawkeyes last 14 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Blue Raiders last 5 games overall.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have split their last 10 games ATS as a double-digit underdog. The Iowa Hawkeyes have covered six of their last nine games as a double-digit favorite. Middle Tennessee got stomped on by Duke and Michigan, so there's no reason to expect much different with a better and more balanced Iowa team. The Iowa Hawkeyes showed what they can do to lesser competition in their first two games of the season, and they'll be eager to head into next weeks game against the Wolverines firing on all cylinders. I'll eat the chalk with Iowa.