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Wolverines vs Hawkeyes Game Preview

Michigan WolverinesIowa Hawkeyes
7-3November 23, 2013, 12:00 | Kinnick Stadium6-4

A key Week 13 battle has the visiting Wolverines travelling to Iowa on Saturday to face the Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes currently sport a record of 6-4, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-4 ATS. The Wolverines are 7-3 and 5-5 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Hawkeyes post a 6-3-1 over under record this season, while the Wolverines have gone 5-5 against the number.

View Michigan Wolverines vs Iowa Hawkeyes Odds and Stats.

Fans backing the Hawkeyes here saw them open at 5Dimes as -3.5-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.)

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Hawkeyes rated this week at No. 44 and the Wolverines sitting at No. 38. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 33-32 result in favor of the Wolverines this week.

Michigan was a 27-19 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Northwestern. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (46) made winners of UNDER bettors. Jeremy Gallon was good for 115 receiving yards in the Wolverines's most recent action, helping his team to a 27-19 victory over the Wildcats.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Iowa's No. 79-ranked offense, averaging 26.6 PPG, against a Wolverines defense that ranks No. 53 this week at 25.2 PPG. The Hawkeyes aerial game is averaging 204 yards per game, less than the Wolverines secondary allows through the air, 236.4 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Wolverines own the league's No. 11-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 104.25 yards per game when on the road. Iowa, on the other hand, rates No. 73 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Wolverines at Hawkeyes trends to consider:
Michigan is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Michigan is 6-14-1 ATS in its last 21 games on the road
Michigan is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan's last 6 games on the road
Iowa is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Iowa is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Iowa is 4-9-1 ATS in its last 14 games at home
Iowa is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Michigan home to Ohio State, Saturday, November 30th
Iowa at Nebraska, Friday, November 29th