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Spartans visit Hawkeyes in Week 6 NCAAF clash

Michigan State Spartans Iowa Hawkeyes
3-1 October 05, 2013, 12:00 | Kinnick Stadium 4-1

 

Michigan State travels to Iowa on Saturday, hoping to boost its 3-1 mark in Week 6 action with a victory over the Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes are 4-1 so far on the season, and 3-2 ATS vs. the number. The Spartans, meanwhile, are 3-1 and 1-2-1 ATS. Over under bettors have seen Iowa go 3-1-1 and the Spartans go 1-3 on the totals.

View Michigan State Spartans vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Spartans in this one found them as 2-point underdogs on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. The over under number was low at 38.5 at BetOnline.

The Hawkeyes sit at No. 66 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Spartans are at No. 47 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Hawkeyes will win this game 37-35.

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In their last action, Michigan State was a 17-13 loser on the road against Notre Dame. They earned a push of the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (30) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. In their last game, the Spartans were Week 4 losers coming out on the wrong end of 17-13 score against Notre Dame. Minnesota was unable to contain Mark Weisman in its last action Saturday and the result was a 23-7 Week 5 loss against the Hawkeyes.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Iowa's No. 54-ranked offense, averaging 32.8 PPG, against a Spartans defense that ranks No. 11 this week at 13.25 PPG. The Hawkeyes aerial game is averaging 203 yards per game, more than the Spartans secondary allows through the air, 130.5 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Spartans feature the league's No. 4-rated road run defense, allowing 44.5 yards per game. Iowa, meanwhile, ranks No. 32 in rushing offense at home.

A few Spartans at Hawkeyes trends to consider:
Michigan State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Iowa
Michigan State is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Iowa
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Iowa
Michigan State is 5-9-1 ATS in its last 15 games
Iowa is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Michigan State
Iowa is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Michigan State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games when playing at home against Michigan State
Iowa is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games

Next up:
Michigan State at Indiana, Saturday, October 12th
Iowa at Ohio State, Saturday, October 19th