Free Week 8 Prediction: Iowa vs Northwestern Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(4-2) Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats (3-3)
Date: Saturday, October 21st
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread: Iowa -1.5
NCAA Betting Total: 47
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We have reached week eight of the college football season, and most teams are now playing the conference portion of their schedule.
In this one it’s a Big Ten showdown at Ryan Field.
The Iowa Hawkeyes make the trip to Evanston to take on the Northwestern Wildcats.
The Hawkeeys have won three of the last four games between the two teams. In the last game however the Wildcats won 38-31.
The Iowa Hawkeyes haven’t played the easiest schedule and have lost two games so far this year, but in each of those games if a few more things went their way they could easily be 6-0 right now.
They lost on a last second touchdown against Penn State, and the next week had to go to Michigan State and they only lost by a touchdown.
Like most Hawkeyes team the strengths of this team is on the defensive side of the field. They come into this game only giving up 18.7 points per game. That defense is going to need to be solid again in this one, and not let the Wildcats get going early.
On the offensive side of the ball the Hawkeyes haven’t actually been that bad, but in the losses they have really struggled.
They come into this game averaging 28.8 points per game but in the two losses they scored under 19 points in each of the games.
If they can’t get the running game going early they seem to struggle, so in this game the running game needs to be solid.
On the other side of this match up is the Northwestern Wildcats who many picked to be one of the surprise teams in the Big Ten, but so far that hasn’t worked out to be the case.
They come into this game with a 3-3 record with only one win coming against a power five conference teams. That one win was against a very depleted Maryland team.
The offense got rolling early and that led to a 37-21 victory. In games they have lost this year the Wildcats offense has really struggled, so if the offense struggles early in this game they are going to have a really hard time winning this game.
To win this game the Wildcats offense needs to get into a flow. The defense also can’t let the Hawkeyes offense rolling early.
They really don’t want this game to get into a shootout.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 7-2-1 in IOWA last 10 games on grass.
- IOWA are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 road games.
- NW are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 conference games.
- Under is 35-15-1 in NW last 51 home games.
- Under is 37-16-1 in NW last 54 games on grass.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Pick
The good Hawkeyes defense is going to be the big difference in this game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Iowa -1.5
I think that Iowa’s defense will make really tough on the Wildcats and they won’t be able to get anything going. The Hawkeyes will win and cover in a low scoring game.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Iowa 20 – Northwestern 17
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