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Big 10 Championship Odds: Iowa vs MSU

Big Ten Championship Iowa Michigan State

The Big Ten Championship, and a likely spot in the playoffs, are up for grabs when Michigan State and Iowa meet at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday. Iowa has been a good bet in their games against the Spartans, with the Hawkeyes going 9-3 ATS in their past 12 against Michigan State.

Shark Bites
  • Michigan State is 24-2 in their last 24 within the Big Ten.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 in Iowa’s past six games in December.
  • Michigan State is 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in their last eight following an ATS win.

Yes, Iowa is perfect. Yes, people are more sceptical of Iowa than any other team in the country. Hawkeyes opponents this season have a combined winning percentage of 46.2 percent with seven of their 12 opponents finishing under .500. If Iowa beats the Spartans they will be an undefeated team in a Power Five conference and it will be next to impossible to not include them in the playoffs.

The Spartans were not letting anyone question them with a 55-16 dismantling of Penn State last week. Connor Cook eliminated any doubts that could be raised as he completed 73 percent of his passes while throwing three touchdowns after returning from a shoulder injury.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The home Iowa Hawkeyes were 4-point underdogs in this NCAA football battle at Bovada earlier (watch for line movement). No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to be posted shortly.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 33-28 result in favor of the Hawkeyes. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Michigan State Spartans vs Iowa Hawkeyes Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Iowa Hawkeyes sit at 12-0 (7-5 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Michigan State Spartans are currently 11-1 (5-7 ATS). Looking to bet on the totals? Iowa is 7-5 OU, and Michigan State is 6-6 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Iowa vs Michigan State injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Iowa Hawkeyes at No. 22 and the Michigan State Spartans at No. 24 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Iowa Hawkeyes No. 41-ranked offense (33.67 PPG) against a Michigan State Spartans defense that ranks No. 24 at 21.08 PPG. The Iowa Hawkeyes passing attack has averaged 200.58 yards per game, less than the Michigan State Spartans give up through the air (231 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Michigan State Spartans own the league's No. 6-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 97.2 yards per game when on the road. Iowa, on the other hand, rates No. 53 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Penn State didn't make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Spartans as Michigan State blasted them 55-16 in Week 13 action.

Nebraska was unable to contain Jordan Canzeri in its last action Friday and the result was a 28-20 Week 13 loss against the Hawkeyes.

Betting Trends
  • Michigan State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Michigan State is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Michigan State's last 6 games
  • Michigan State is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Iowa
  • Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Iowa's last 7 games
  • Iowa is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Michigan State
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa's last 6 games when playing Michigan State