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Northwestern versus Iowa odds and point spread preview

The Iowa Hawkeyes have fallen from the graces of the AP and Coaches Polls Elders, but at least the y have the consolation of being favorites – according to odds by BetNow Sportsbook – against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, October 1st at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

Those odds are as follows:

Northwestern +13 (-110) 43½ (-110) +400

Iowa -13 (-110) 43½ (-110) -500

The Hawkeyes 14-7 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in week 4 was nowhere near enough to return Iowa to the top 15 – off which they dropped after a 21-23 loss to the North Dakota State Bison the previous week.  Iowa’s defense stopped Rutgers after the Knights got a first-and-goal at the 3 on a 76-yard catch and run by Janarion Grant. Hawkeyes’ QB C.J. Beathard led an eight-play 99-yard drive which culminated in a scoring 36-yard pass to tight end George Kittle to take the lead 7-0. Rutgers tied the proceedings with 12:45 left on the clock, but Iowa safety Brandon Snyder forced wide receiver Andre Ball to turn the ball over with under 9 minutes to go, setting up a 26-yard run by Akrum Wadley to score the go-ahead TD.

The Wildcats dropped to 1-3 following a 13-24 loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Northwestern wide receiver Austin Carr had at least one scoring reception for the third consecutive game, this time a 24-yard pass from QB Clayton Thorson. Thorson finished 24 of 37 for 249 passing yards, and rushed 43 yards on 10 carries with another TD. However, Thorson also threw two interceptions and was sacked four times. Additionally, the Wildcats once again had trouble finishing drives and accrued only 388 yards, and kicker Jack Mitchell missed a 27-yard field goal and hit the left upright on an extra-point attempt.

Northwestern is going on the road for the first time this season, and after dropping three at home, the Wildcats would have to go undefeated for the rest of their schedule plus a bowl game to match last year’s 10-3 record. The odds by BetNow Sportsbook say that’s not quite likely – and the Hawkeyes might have a say in the matter as well. Iowa is also a far cry from their 2015 unbeaten regular season, but either at their best or at their worst, they’ve got Northwestern’s number as of late, winning their last three meetings by a combined margin of 78 points.

Moreover, Beathard has thrice thrown for less than 200 yards this season, but the Hawkeyes can rely on running backs LeShun Daniels and Wadley to save the day – like the latter literally did against Rutgers. Meanwhile, Thorson has been murderized out there, being sacked 15 times in four games. And the murderizing may have just begun, since Iowa’s defense might actually be the roughest he has encountered thus far. And that goes for running Justin Jackson as well – a top Big Ten rusher last season who has failed to register 100 yards since the season opening game against Western Michigan. Once again, odds by BetNow Sportsbook favor the Hawkeyes.

Garry loves writing, editing and ranking keywords in the search engines. His passion for basketball, football, baseball and other sports has led him to write. He has been writing and promoting his blogs in the past seven years.

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