Free Week 5 Prediction: Wildcats vs Hawkeyes Odds
Looking for Northwestern Wildcats vs. Iowa Hawkeyes free picks? Week 5 College football betting sees the Wildcats taking on the Hawkeyes Saturday October 3rd at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(1-3) Northwestern Wildcats vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (3-1)
Date: Saturday, October 1st
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
NCAA Football Spread: Iowa -12
NCAA Betting Total: 43.5
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The Wildcats look to get a Big Ten West division win against an Iowa team who has surpassed expectations for this season.
This is a toss up game as either team can come away with the victory in this conference matchup.
QB Clayton Thurson has been up and down to start this season.
Last week he threw for 249 yards with 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions, and was sacked 4 times.
The O-line must protect him if the team has any shot at winning.
Justin Jackson has averaged almost 85 yards a game this season and will be the focal point of the offense against a good Iowa run defense.
Austin Carr has started the season off good, getting over 70 yards receiving in each game.
He has also scored int he last 3 and I expect him to continue that strong play and get one this week.
The Wildcats will need a stellar performance from the dense, if they can keep Iowa under 21 points they should be able to stay in the game.
Look for the front seven to make plays in the backfield and get 3 sacks.
C.J. Beathard has been one of the conference’s hottest quarterbacks, with 8 touchdowns and only 1 interception to lead the Hawkeyes to a 3-1 record.
His accuracy over the last 2 games has been 50%, not what you want from your quarterback. Look for him to hit his receivers for a lot more passes this week.
LeShun Daniels has failed to reach the end zone the last two weeks, but this week he should get over 100 yards and a score. If the O-line can open up holes he should have no problem finding success on the ground.
With #1 wide receiver Matt Vandenberg out indefinitely, the rest of the receiving corps must step up in order for Iowa to leave the game with a victory.
Look for tight end George Kittle to lead the passing offense.
He has two touchdowns this season and should be more of a scoring threat in the end zone.
The Hawkeyes defense faces an easy test going up against the Northwestern offense.
Thurson has not been consistent this year and when inconsistent QB’s go into Kinnick Stadium they can make mistakes against a raucous crowd.
The key for the Iowa defense will be forcing turnovers and getting good field position for the offense.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- NW are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- NW are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games in October.
- Under is 39-19 in NW last 58 games overall.
- IOWA are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 home games.
- Under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
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This will be a traditional Big Ten game, with the running backs for each team getting 20+ carries. With the way Iowa has underachieved look for this to be closer than expected.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Wildcats ATS
Iowa wins the game in the fourth quarter, as a key Thurson turnover sets up a field goal to end it.
Week 5 Free Score Prediction: Iowa 17 – Northwestern 16
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