Hawkeyes face Wildcats in Week 9 odds
Iowa Hawkeyes vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds
The Wildcats will do battle with the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of bettors who back them.
They will face the 4-3 Hawkeyes, who own a 2-4-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Wildcats are 3-4 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Hawkeyes are 2-4 favoring the OVER.
Betting Line: The Hawkeyes were listed as 6-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Wildcats at No. 97 and the Hawkeyes at No. 79 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 31-24 result in favor of the Wildcats.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Northwestern's No. 53-ranked offense (30.8 PPG) against a Hawkeyes defense that ranks No. 28 at 20.1 PPG. The Wildcats passing attack has averaged 172.1 yards per game, less than the Hawkeyes give up through the air (212.6 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Hawkeyes feature the league's No. 50-rated road run defense, allowing 148 yards per game. Northwestern, meanwhile, ranks No. 12 in rushing offense at home.
Iowa was a 38-14 loser in their most recent outing at home against Penn State. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (52) made winners of OVER bettors. Iowa didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Nittany Lions as Penn State blasted them 38-14 in Week 8 action.
Northwestern lost its last outing, a 29-28 result against Nebraska on October 20. Northwestern covered in that game as a 6.5-point underdog, while the 57 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Venric Mark went over the 100-yard mark (118) in his team's latest effort, but Nebraska still defeated Northwestern by a score of 29-28.
Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on grass are 5-5
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 6-4
Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing in October are 3-7
When playing on grass are 6-4
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing within the conference are 5-5
A few Hawkeyes at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Iowa's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Iowa's last 7 games when playing Northwestern
Iowa is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Iowa is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Northwestern
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Northwestern's last 7 games when playing Iowa
Northwestern is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Northwestern is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Northwestern is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Iowa
Iowa at Indiana, Saturday, November 3
Northwestern at Michigan, Saturday, November 10