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Point spread favors Hawkeyes in battle with Golden Gophers

Minnesota Golden GophersIowa Hawkeyes
Sep 29, 12:00 PM | Turf of Kinnick Stadium

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds


The Hawkeyes will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Golden Gophers at Kinnick Stadium in Week 5 action.

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

View Minnesota vs Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The home team opened as 6-point favorites in this NCAA football battle. No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to posted shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Hawkeyes sit at No. 63 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Golden Gophers are at No. 36 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Golden Gophers will win this game 34-23.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Iowa's No. 107-ranked offense, averaging 20.5 PPG, against a Golden Gophers defense that ranks No. 31 this week at 16.8 PPG. The Hawkeyes aerial game is averaging 202 yards per game, more than the Golden Gophers secondary allows through the air, 179 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Golden Gophers own the league's No. 54-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 159 yards per game when on the road. Iowa, on the other hand, rates No. 80 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Minnesota was a 17-10 winner in their most recent outing at home against Syracuse. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (27) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Golden Gophers grabbed a Week 4 victory over the Orange in their last game, winning 17-10 at TCF Bank Stadium.

In their last action, Iowa was a 32-31 loser at home against Central Michigan. They failed to cover the 14.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (63) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Mark Weisman tore up the turf for 217 rushing yards in the latest Hawkeyes game, a 32-31 loss to the Chippewas at Kinnick Stadium.

Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing within the conference are 4-6

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When playing within the conference are 4-6

A few Golden Gophers at Hawkeyes trends to consider:
Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Iowa
Minnesota is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Iowa
Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Iowa is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
Iowa is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota home to Northwestern, Saturday, October 13
Iowa at Michigan State, Saturday, October 13