Broncos vs Hawkeyes Game Preview
Western Michigan Broncos vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds
Western Michigan travels to Iowa on Saturday, hoping to boost its 0-3 mark in Week 4 action with a victory over the Hawkeyes.
They bring a 2-1 record (1-2 ATS) to the Week 4 battle against the 0-3 Broncos, who are 2-1 ATS against the spread. Over under bettors have seen Iowa go 2-0-1 so far and the Broncos go 0-3.
Betting Line: Bettors looking to back the visiting Broncos in this one found them as 19-point underdogs on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. The over under was 47.5 at [custom:sportsboook-link] as of Friday.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 45-rated Broncos taking on the No. 66-rated Hawkeyes in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 30-12 win for the Hawkeyes on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Iowa's No. 72-ranked offense (27.3 PPG) against a Broncos defense that ranks No. 88 at 30.3 PPG. The Hawkeyes passing attack has averaged 203 yards per game, more than the Broncos give up through the air (160 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Broncos own the league's No. 83-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 256.5 yards per game when on the road. Iowa, on the other hand, rates No. 35 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
In their last action, Western Michigan was a 38-17 loser on the road against Northwestern. They covered the 28-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (55) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Western Michigan lost its last outing 38-17 against Northwestern on Saturday, getting a 112-yard receiving performance from Corey Davis in a losing cause at Ryan Field.
Iowa was a 27-21 winner in its last match on the road against Iowa State. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 48 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Mark Weisman went over the 100-yard mark (145) in his team's latest effort as Iowa defeated Iowa State by a score of 27-21 on Saturday.
Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on turf are 3-7
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing outside the conference are 3-7
Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on turf are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing outside the conference are 6-4
A few Broncos at Hawkeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Western Michigan's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Western Michigan's last 8 games on the road
Western Michigan is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Western Michigan is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iowa's last 6 games
Iowa is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Iowa is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
Iowa is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Western Michigan home to Kent State, Saturday, September 28
Iowa at Minnesota, Saturday, September 28