Free NCAA Football Prediction: Hoosiers vs. Hawkeyes Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 1
Indiana Hoosiers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Date: Saturday, August 28th, 2021
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue:Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Hoosiers +3.5, Hawkeyes -3.5
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Indiana +160 | Iowa -190
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 45
The Big 10 is kicking things off with a bang this season.
We get another Top 20 matchup as the Indiana Hoosiers and Iowa Hawkeyes clash on Saturday afternoon in Iowa City.
Both teams return a lot of their main pieces, which gives both high hopes for the coming season.
It always tends to be an entertaining affair when these two teams take the field together. Expect plenty of fireworks here as this will be a crucial contest as both teams vie for a Big Ten Championship in 2021.
Indiana comes in off a 6 win season during the Covid shortened year. They have a lot to build off of as that was their most Big Ten wins since 1987. Head Coach Tom Allen has turned this program into one that has a lot of firepower and excitement to look ahead to.
They’ll return 8 starters on the offensive end, which includes All-Big Ten quarterback Michael Penix Jr. Back on November 28th of last year, Penix Jr. tore his ACL against Maryland after providing quite the exciting season. He’s back at 100% and locked in as he can hurt the opposition with both his legs and arm. He’s made it very clear he isn’t afraid to run despite the torn ACL injury.
Overall, Indiana is 10-2 Penix Jr.’s last 12 starts under center.
Indiana also brings back 8 defensive starters. This is one of the more experienced teams in the conference as they led the Big 10 in interceptions and sacks last year.
The Hoosiers have covered in 8 of their last 9 games overall.
This Iowa team is poised for another big year themselves too.
Iowa also comes in after winning 6 conference games last season, as they rattled off 6 straight wins to end the year. It was their longest winning streak in the Big Ten since 2015.
Iowa returns many key pieces offensively, including running back Tyler Goodson and quarterback Spencer Petras. Goodson racked up 762 yards last year, which is huge for this offense. Iowa is always a run first offense and when Goodson was able to get going, it opened up a lot of lanes in the pass game for Petras. He was the biggest key in the 6 game winning streak last year for Iowa. The second year QB threw for 8 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions during their winning streak.,
The Hawkeyes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September. They typically love to get off to a fast start and will look for just that this season.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Hawkeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
- Hawkeyes are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf.
- Hawkeyes are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Hoosiers are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 conference games.
- Hoosiers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf.
- Hoosiers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
This is going to be one of the best games on the board. The Over has cashed in 9 of the last 11 meetings overall. We should see both sides get a lot of scoring opportunities given the playmakers they have.
4* Free Week 1 NCAA Betting Pick: Over 45
This is a lower total given Iowa’s style of play. However, we should see both teams take a lot of chances here. Look for this game to be won by the side that can complete the deep balls when the shots are taken.
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