Free Week 3 Prediction: Bison vs Hawkeyes Odds
Looking for North Dakota State Bison vs. Iowa Hawkeyes free picks? Week 3 College football betting sees the Bison taking on the Hawkeyes Saturday September 17th at Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(2-0) North Dakota St. Bison vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0)
Date: Saturday, September 17th
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
NCAA Football Spread: Iowa -22.5
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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While most will still be getting ready for a great day of college football (and some on the West Coast still waking up), could a potential upset be brewing in Iowa City?
Only time will tell as the North Dakota State Bison, having a knack for playing FBS opponents extremely tough, travel to Iowa City to take on the No. 13 Iowa Hawkeyes in a pivotal matchup for both programs.
The Bison are the class of the FCS. They have been dominant in that division for years now and have even sent QB Carson Wentz to the NFL, where he looked impressive for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1.
With that said, many still see them as ‘just’ an FCS program, not one that can hang with the big boys.
Iowa, meanwhile, look primed for a big 2016 as they already find themselves 2-0 — albeit after playing Miami (OH) and Iowa State.
Saturday’s matchup will be a fun one, as the Bison look for a HUGE upset in Iowa City while the Hawkeyes look to prove they’re the real deal.
North Dakota State Bison
After a season that once again saw them finish first in the FCS to the tune of a 13-2 record, the North Dakota State Bison are back at it once again.
Though Carson Wentz isn’t with the program anymore they have fully proven they aren’t a one-trick pony, quickly jumping out to a 2-0 record in 2016. QB Easton Stick has been relatively unheralded but is starting to gain some attention.
The main key for the Bison in this game will be how they handle Iowa’s ferocious rushing attack.
And while their pass defense may be slightly susceptible, North Dakota State may have the tools to limit the Hawkeyes on the ground just enough to see themselves have a fighting chance in this one.
The Hawkeyes are coming off a stellar 2015 campaign and are priming themselves for yet another run through the Big Ten in 2016.
While they don’t have the toughest of schedules the Hawkeyes will still be tested throughout the season, with a potential big test coming Saturday against North Dakota State.
With their first two wins over the likes of Miami (OH) and Iowa State, Iowa has yet to really be tested this year.
Leading the Hawkeyes is the running back tandem of Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels.
They have been abusive on the ground to opposing defenses through the first two games and will need to have impressive games for Iowa to avoid an upset.
Also critical in this one will be QB C.J. Beathard, as the Bison may try to key on Iowa’s running game, opening up the field for Beathard to make a dark horse Heisman run.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- This is the first meeting between these two teams; Iowa is 19-3 in home openers
- Iowa has four straight seasons of sub-.500 football, they haven’t had five consecutive since the early 1970s.
- North Dakota State is 10-10 versus current Mountain West foes.
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The only reason why I am a little hesitant in giving Iowa a big win in this one is that they gave up 21 points to Miami (OH).
And while a 45-21 win is still dominant, it isn’t exactly what you would call a great performance.
Yes, I know that they slaughtered in-state rival Iowa State and are the class of their division in the Big Ten but they still have some proving to do, at least to me.
They’ll win this game but not by as much as you may think.
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Iowa is right in the thick of things for a shot at the College Football Playoff. A fast start and relatively easy schedule (Rutgers, Northwestern, Purdue, etc.) give the Hawkeyes a great shot at postseason glory.
The Bison do have the chance to make this one quite interesting, but Iowa will pull away with this one in the end.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: North Dakota State 21 – Iowa 31
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