Free Week 4 Prediction: Hawkeyes vs Scarlet Knights Odds
Looking for Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights free picks? Week 4 College football betting sees the Hawkeyes taking on the Scarlet Knights Saturday September 24th at High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
Iowa Hawkeyes (2-1) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-1)
Date: Saturday, September 24th
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey
NCAA Football Spread: Iowa -13.5
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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If you thought that, after the first two weeks of the season, that Rutgers and Iowa would have the same record, you may be one of the only few in the nation, as Iowa suffered a shocking upset at home to FCS powerhouse North Dakota State.
Now Rutgers and Iowa head to Big Ten play with the same records and a fresh start at building towards a conference title.
And even though Iowa will be favored in this one, don’t be surprised if the Scarlet Knights are able to make a game of this one after finding some offensive rhythm against Howard and New Mexico.
After week two the Hawkeyes were looking towards a season that could see them challenge for the Big Ten title and a spot in the College Football Playoff.
And while those aren’t yet out of the reach, an absolutely shocking loss to North Dakota State where Iowa couldn’t separate from the Bison, costing them big time at home.
Much of the reason Iowa couldn’t get separated from North Dakota State is because of their inability to pound the ball on the ground, rushing for just 34 yards and no touchdowns.
C.J. Beathard, meanwhile, did everything that he could. Despite tossing for just 152 yards, Beathard accumulated 3 TD through the air to compensate for an interception.
Looking ahead it may be easy for the Hawkeyes to feel down and lost, giving Rutgers an opportunity to pull quite the shocker.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
After being walloped by Washington in their season opener the Scarlet Knights rattled off wins against Howard and New Mexico to bring their record to 2-1 early in the year.
Janarion Grant and Josh Hicks have been the cogs behind Rutgers’ offense, each amassing over 100 yards on the year. QB Chris Laviano, meanwhile, is a respectable 35 of 62 on the season for 305 yards, 3 TD, and 2 INT.
Should the Scarlet Knights want to pull the upset in this one and establish some respect in the Big Ten they’ll look to North Dakota State’s gameplan and make Iowa win the game through the air.
If Rutgers is able to stifle Iowa’s rushing attack they very well could come away with a surprising win.
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- This is the first meeting between Rutgers and Iowa
- This is the 6th time in the past 7 years Iowa finds themselves with at least one loss after three games.
- The last FCS opponent to beat Rutgers was Eastern Washington in 2013, upsetting Rutgers 49-46 on the road
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I fully expect Rutgers to vigorously implement the same strategy North Dakota State used against the Hawkeyes, throwing everything they can at Iowa’s offensive line in order to stop Iowa’s rushing attack.
If they are able to do this, they have a great shot at pulling the upset. However, I don’t think the Hawkeyes will let this happen as they come away with the win.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Rutgers +13.5
Iowa’s loss to North Dakota State was humbling and put their season on the edge.
They’re likely out of the College Football Playoff with a loss at home to an FCS opponent but still have a shot at the Big Ten Title.
In order to get there they will need to get their offense figured out and rolling. This will be closer than some expect, but Iowa will win this one.
Week 4 Free Score Prediction: Iowa 21 – Rutgers 17
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