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Week 8 odds - Nittany Lions vs. Hawkeyes

Penn State Nittany LionsIowa Hawkeyes
Oct 20, 8:00 PM | Turf of Kinnick Stadium

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds


A key Week 8 battle has the visiting Nittany Lions travelling to Iowa on Saturday to face the Hawkeyes.

They will face the 4-2 Nittany Lions, who own a 5-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Hawkeyes are 1-4 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Nittany Lions are 2-4 favoring the OVER.

View Penn State vs Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Several shops tracked by OddsShark (including Bovada) set the point spread at 1.5 in favor of the home side. NCAA football bettors had to wait for the opening over under value, which was not available at press time (check the live lines pages here for the latest totals updates).

Power Rankings / Prediction: The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Hawkeyes at No. 49 and the Nittany Lions at No. 19 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 32-25 result in favor of the Nittany Lions.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Iowa's No. 100-ranked offense, averaging 22 PPG, against a Nittany Lions defense that ranks No. 15 this week at 16 PPG. The Hawkeyes aerial game is averaging 189 yards per game, less than the Nittany Lions secondary allows through the air, 210.7 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Nittany Lions feature the league's No. 4-rated road run defense, allowing 53 yards per game. Iowa, meanwhile, ranks No. 73 in rushing offense at home.

In their last action, Penn State was a 39-28 winner at home against Northwestern. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (67) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Zach Zwinak went over the 100-yard mark (121) in his team's latest effort as Penn State defeated Northwestern by a score of 39-28 on Saturday.

Iowa won its last outing, a 19-16 result against Michigan State on October 13. Iowa covered in that game as a 8-point underdog, while the 35 combined points took the game UNDER the total. In their last game, Iowa got a 116-yard performance from Mark Weisman as a key part of its 19-16 win over Michigan State.

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing in October are 8-2
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing within the conference are 8-2

Iowa Hawkeyes Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on turf are 5-5
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 6-4

A few Nittany Lions at Hawkeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Penn State's last 6 games when playing Iowa
Penn State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Penn State's last 11 games
Penn State is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Iowa
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Iowa's last 6 games when playing Penn State
Iowa is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Penn State
Iowa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Penn State
Iowa is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Penn State home to Ohio State, Saturday, October 27
Iowa at Northwestern, Saturday, October 27