Free Week 8 Prediction: Terrapins vs Hawkeyes Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(4-2) Maryland Terrapins vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (5-1)
Date: Saturday, October 20th 2018
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
NCAA Football Spread: Iowa Hawkeyes -9
NCAA Betting Total: 47.5
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This game features Big Ten rivals, as both teams will be trying to remain competitive in their conference standings.
The last time these teams met was in 2015. Iowa came out on top 31-15 and will look to cruise to another win in this matchup.
Maryland started the season with what is now an impressive win over the Texas Longhorns. A bad loss to Temple however and a blowout loss to Michigan has put them in a rough spot. If they are going to make a push for the Big Ten title game, this is a must win game.
Maryland has had their most success offensively running the ball. They average 245.2 yards per game, which sits at 17th place in the country. Their passing offense on the other hand ranks at 125th. They will likely need to have success in both the passing and rushing attack if they are going to hang with Iowa throughout this game.
Maryland’s defense has been pretty average through the first half of the season. They rank in the top 50th in the major categories, but do not rank any better than the top 15. Their total yards allowed is the highlight for this defense as it comes in at 316.5 per game. This is 17th in the nation.
The Hawkeyes got an easy win over Indiana last week pushing their overall record to 5-1 and their conference record to 2-1. With how Wisconsin looked against Michigan, Iowa could almost be the new favorite to win the Big Ten West even though the Hawkeyes have already lost to the Badgers.
The Hawkeyes have averaged 31.8 points per game this season. Both their pass and run game have not been super impressive, but the passing is definitely the better of the two. If quarterback, Nathan Stanley can play a clean game, the Hawkeyes should cruise to a win.
The Hawkeyes have been solid on defense this entire season. They allow just 282 yards per game, which is 5th in the nation. More specifically their rush defense has been shut down. They allow an average of 81.5 rushing yards per game, which is 4th in the country. Given the fact that Maryland is best at the run, if Iowa can shut this rushing attack down, they will have no trouble winning.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 9-2 in MD last 11 games as an underdog.
- Over is 7-2 in MD last 9 road games.
- Over is 9-3 in MD last 12 conference games.
- IOWA are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- IOWA are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 home games.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Pick
Iowa is too good at home and they will pick up another win in this game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes -9.5
Iowa has covered the spread in all but one game and with a Maryland team, who heavily relies on the run, they will cover again thanks to their stout run defense.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Maryland 17 – Iowa 35
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