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Point spread favors Hawkeyes in battle with Wildcats

Northwestern WildcatsIowa Hawkeyes
4-3October 26, 2013, 12:00 | Kinnick Stadium4-3

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Saturday when the Hawkeyes host the Wildcats at Kinnick Stadium in Week 9 action.

They battle the Wildcats, currently with a 4-3 mark (2-5 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 5-1-1 for the Hawkeyes and 3-4 for the Wildcats.

View Northwestern Wildcats vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds and Stats.

Fans backing the Hawkeyes here saw them open at 5Dimes as -3-point favorites in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 61-rated Hawkeyes and the No. 37-rated Wildcats in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 33-28 win for the Hawkeyes on Saturday.

Northwestern lost its last outing, a 20-17 result against Minnesota on October 19. Northwestern failed to cover in that game as a 12.5-point favorite, while the 37 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Jake Duzey hauled in 6 passes for 138 yards against the Ohio State defense in the team's last game, but the result was a 34-24 loss against the Buckeyes on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Iowa's No. 72-ranked offense (28.86 PPG) against a Wildcats defense that ranks No. 70 at 27.14 PPG. The Hawkeyes passing attack has averaged 214.43 yards per game, less than the Wildcats give up through the air (257.43 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Wildcats feature the league's No. 77-rated road run defense, allowing 187.5 yards per game. Iowa, meanwhile, ranks No. 58 in rushing offense at home.

A few Wildcats at Hawkeyes trends to consider:
Northwestern is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games
Northwestern is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Northwestern is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 6 games on the road
Iowa is 6-17-1 SU in its last 24 games
Iowa is 3-8-1 ATS in its last 12 games at home
Iowa is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Iowa's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Northwestern at Nebraska, Saturday, November 2nd
Iowa at Wisconsin, Saturday, November 2nd