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Hawkeyes take on Golden Gophers in Week 5 contest

Iowa HawkeyesMinnesota Golden Gophers
3-1September 28, 2013, 03:30 | TCF Bank Stadium4-0

The Golden Gophers hope to be bad hosts on Saturday as the Hawkeyes pay a visit to TCF Bank Stadium in Week 5 betting action.

The Golden Gophers sit at 4-0 (3-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Hawkeyes are currently 3-1 (2-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Minnesota is 3-1 OU, and Iowa is 3-0-1 OU.

View Iowa Hawkeyes vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds and Stats.

The Hawkeyes were listed as 3.5-point Underdog on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Golden Gophers rated this week at No. 76 and the Hawkeyes sitting at No. 71. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 46-43 result in favor of the Golden Gophers this week.

San Jose State was unable to contain Mitch Leidner in its last action Saturday and the result was a 43-24 Week 4 loss against the Golden Gophers.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 41.75 PPG, against a Hawkeyes defense that ranks No. 26 this week at 17 PPG. The Golden Gophers aerial game is averaging 105.25 yards per game, less than the Hawkeyes secondary allows through the air, 199.25 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Hawkeyes own the league's No. 25-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 103 yards per game when on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 31 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Hawkeyes at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
Iowa is 5-12-1 ATS in its last 18 games
Iowa is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Iowa's last 7 games
Iowa is 3-12 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
Minnesota is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
Iowa at Michigan State, Saturday, October 5th
Minnesota at Michigan, Saturday, October 5th