Northwestern vs. Iowa - 10/26/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Northwestern vs. Iowa

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:01 AM (Ryan Field)

Iowa -9.5 . Total 38

TV: ESPN2

The 20th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes hit the road for a Big Ten clash with the Northwestern Wildcats. Iowa enters this game 5-2 on the season and 2-2 in conference play. The Hawkeyes last time out defeated Purdue 26-20. The Wildcats enter this matchup with a 1-5 record and winless in conference play.  The Wildcats will have some extra rest this week as they played this past Friday night.  The Hawkeyes got blown out by the 4th ranked Buckeyes, by a score of 52-3. 

Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley is 147/236 for 1,771 yds and 9 TD's to 5 INT's. Running back Mekhi Sargent has 397 yds rushing and has added 3 rushing TD's.  Brandon Smith leads the team in receptions with 33.  He has 407 yds and 4 touchdowns on the year.  Kicker Keith Duncan has been basically automatic this year.  He is 16/16 on XP's and 17/19 on field goals. Kristian Welch leads the team in tackles with 47. 

Northwestern used quarterback Aidan Smith this past week, where he went 6/20 for 42 yds.  On the season he is 37/83 for 315 yds, while throwing 1 TD to to 5 INT's. Running back Drake Anderson has 405 yds rushing and 3 TD's. JJ Jefferson has both receiving touchdowns for the offense thus far. Defensive back Travis Whillock leads the team in tackles with 47.

Betting Trends:

Iowa is 9-5 ATS as a favorite since 2018.

Iowa is 1-3 ATS in conference games this season.

The under is 5-1-1 this season for Iowa.

Northwestern is is 5-3-1 ATS since 2018 against ranked opponents. 

Northwestern is 0-3 ATS this season as the home team.

The under is 4-2 in Northwestern games this season.

While I know Iowa is not Ohio State, Northwestern was never in the game against Ohio State. Up to this point, Iowa has beaten the teams they should beat(Miami-OH, Rutgers, MTSU) pretty easily. Northwestern on the other hand besides this Ohio State game, have played respectable to other teams.  I think this could be a trap game for Iowa, as they could look right past the Wildcats after seeing what Ohio State did.  I think Iowa should win, but I think it takes Iowa a bit to get the offense going.  Take the under in this game, the trends would say the same. Final score prediction, Iowa wins and the score goes under 24-13.  

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Chris’s Pick Under 38

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.