Free Week 5 Prediction: Hawkeyes vs Spartans Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 5
(3-1) Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans (2-1)
Date: Saturday, September 30th
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Venue: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan
NCAA Football Spread: Michigan State -3.5
NCAA Betting Total: 45
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We have reached week five of the college football season, and most teams are playing conference games this weekend.
One of those games to take place on Saturday afternoon is a Big Ten Showdown. The Iowa Hawkeyes make the trip to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans.
The Spartans have won the last two match ups played between the two teams with the last victory coming in 2015.
This is a really big game for the Iowa Hawkeyes, and this game will probably decide which way their season ends up turning out.
They lost in heart breaking fashion last weekend against the Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State threw a touchdown pass on the last play to escape with the win.
The Hawkeyes need to forget about that game though when they travel to East Lansing to play this game. If the game lingers their whole season could be ruined even more.
They need to make sure that loss against Penn State only stays as one loss, not turn into a couple.
The Hawkeyes are led by Nathan Stanley at quarterback who comes into this game having thrown for 846 yards and 12 touchdowns and one interception.
To win this game the defense needs to play good but the offense needs to step up. In their game against Penn State the defense kept them in it all night and if the offense could have done a little more it wouldn’t have been close.
Michigan State Spartans
On the other side of this match up is the Michigan State Spartans who played well in the first two games, but hit a huge road block in their last game against Notre Dame.
The defense struggled and the offense couldn’t get anything going on the way to a 38-18 defeat at the hands of the Fighting Irish.
Before that game though the Spartans offense had been playing really well on the offensive side of the ball through a balanced attack.
They come into this game having thrown for 252 yards and rushing for 220 yards on the ground.
To win this game it’s all going to come down to quarterback play and how well the offense plays. The defense should be able to slow down the Hawkeyes offense but the question is can their offense do enough to win the game.
They need to find a way to get through a very stingy Hawkeyes defense.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 7-1-1 in IOWA last 9 games on grass.
- IOWA are 17-6 ATS in their last 23 road games.
- Under is 9-2 in MSU last 11 games as a favorite.
- MSU are 2-6-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- IOWA are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 meetings.
- Underdog is 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
Free Week 5 NCAA Football Pick
Two good defenses face off in this game, and I think that will be the overwhelming factor in this game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Under 45
I think both offenses will struggle in this game, and that will lead to a very low scoring game.
I think the Hawkeyes will score a late touchdown to win a game that easily covers the under.
Week 5 Free Score Prediction: Iowa 14 – Michigan State 10
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