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Hawkeyes vs Buckeyes Game Preview

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No. 4 Ohio State went undefeated last year, and it's off to a 6-0 start this year. The Buckeyes, after a week off, will try to stretch their winning streak to 19 games for Coach Meyer when they host 4-2 Iowa Saturday afternoon for Homecoming at the Horseshoe (3:30 pm ET, ESPN).

OSU is already closing in on clinching the Big Ten's Leaders Division, while the Hawkeyes are only a game out of the lead in the Legends Division.

In the early betting Ohio State, 4-1-1 ATS this year, was favored by 17 points over Iowa, which is coincidental, considering the Buckeyes have beaten Iowa six times in a row in Columbus by an average of 17 points.

The Buckeyes sport records of 6-0 and 5-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Hawkeyes sit at 4-2 and 3-3 ATS on the season. The over under records are 4-2 for the Buckeyes and 4-1-1 for the Hawkeyes.

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The Buckeyes were listed as 17-point favorites at sportsbooks such as Bovada on the college football lines. The total was 53 at BetOnline early in the week.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 59-rated Hawkeyes taking on the No. 13-rated Buckeyes in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 42-28 win for the Buckeyes on Saturday.

Last time out for Iowa, they were a 26-14 loser as they battled Michigan State at home. Iowa failed to cover in the match as a 2-point favorite, while 40 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Last time we saw the Wildcats, they had no answer for Carlos Hyde as the Buckeyes rolled to a 40-30 victory at Ryan Field.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Ohio State's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 46.83 PPG, against a Hawkeyes defense that ranks No. 12 this week at 16.83 PPG. The Buckeyes aerial game is averaging 212.17 yards per game, more than the Hawkeyes secondary allows through the air, 201.5 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Hawkeyes own the league's No. 2-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 44.5 yards per game when on the road. Ohio State, on the other hand, rates No. 14 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Hawkeyes at Buckeyes trends to consider:
Iowa is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Iowa is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Iowa is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games
Iowa is 4-12 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
Ohio State is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Ohio State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Ohio State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Iowa at Northwestern, Saturday, October 26th
Ohio State at Penn State, Saturday, October 26th