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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Odds – Point Spread Pick

Time: 12:00 PM EST Saturday October 26, 2013,ESPN / WatchESPN

The Iowa Hawkeyes host the Northwestern Wildcats in an Big Ten Legends divisional match up.

In their last games Northwestern lost to Minnesota 20-17 on the road, while Iowa faced the Ohio State Buckeyes on the road losing 34-24 as a 18.5 point underdog.

Northwestern beat Iowa 28-17 in their last meeting on Oct 27/2012 at Ryan Field in Illinois.

The Wildcats are 6-2 SU in their last 8 meetings with the Hawkeyes but Iowa is where you wanted to have your money during those 8 games going 7-1 ATS.

The Underdog has covered the spread in 6 out of their last 8 meetings.

In the past 8 meetings between these 2 teams the posted total has gone Under 7 out of 8 times.

This season Iowa is 2-2 at home and Northwestern is 1-1 on the road.

Betting Odds at Bovada
Point Spread: Iowa -3.5
Over/Under Total Line: 53
Moneyline: Wildcats +155 Hawkeyes -175

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Northwestern Wildcats: 4-3 SU 2-5 ATS
Iowa Hawkeyes: 4-3 SU 4-3 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
• Wildcats are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games.
• Wildcats are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
• Hawkeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
• Hawkeyes are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games against a team with a winning road record.
• The Hawkeyes have gone Under the posted total in 5 of their last 6 home games when facing a team with a winning road record.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Northwestern Wildcats: 71.32
Iowa Hawkeyes: 76.07

Key Player Injuries

Wildcats
[QB] 10/22/2013 – Kain Colter Prob Saturday (Ankle)
[RB] 10/20/2013 – Venric Mark Ques Saturday (Ankle)
[LB] 10/20/2013 – Jaylen Prater Ques Saturday (Undisclosed)
[DL] 10/22/2013 – Sean McEvilly Out indefinitely (Lower Body)
[CB] 9/3/2013 – Daniel Jones Out indefinitely (Knee)

Hawkeyes
[RB] 10/20/2013 – Michael Malloy Ques Saturday (Illness)

Next Game
Northwestern @ Nebraska
Wisconsin @ Iowa

Our Selection : Iowa favored over Northwestern just doesn’t feel right to us. The Hawkeyes run stop unit has been solid holding 4 of their 7 opponents to 74 or fewer yards rushing per game. That number has gone up though as the competition has improved with Michigan State 135, Northern Illinois 163 and Ohio State 273.
The Wildcats are expected to be without top RB Venric Mark and while that’s a big blow to their running game we do expect it to get back on track. Solid Hawkeye defensive lineman Dominic Alvis is one of the keys to their run defense but will not be available this week.
Northwestern does get back mobile QB Kain Coulter who may cause Iowa fits on Saturday.
It always tough to beat the Hawkeyes at home, but we believe that the Wildcats will give them more than they can handle this week and we feel an outright win is a strong possibility. the prudent play is on the point spread where we can grab the field goal and the hook.
Take the Northwestern Wildcats +3.5 at Bovada and get up to a 50% Bonus.

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