The Minnesota Golden Gophers will head on the road to play the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday afternoon, and both programs are among four teams tied at the top of the Big Ten West. The loser of this game would have an extremely difficult path to getting back into the mix, so this should be a fun matchup between two teams that have developed an underrated rivalry with one another.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Minnesota: 29 overall, 40 offense, 18 defense
Iowa: 19 overall, 92 offense, 3 defense
WR Chris Autman-Bell is probable (undisclosed)
K Dragan Kesich - Questionable (undisclosed)
QB Spencer Petras - Out (undisclosed)
RB Ivory Kelly-Martin - Questionable (undisclosed)
Against The Spread
Minnesota: 5-3-1 ATS
Iowa: 5-4 ATS
Minnesota: Over 4-5
Iowa: Over 2-7
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
Minnesota: 54 overall, 54 offense, 52 defense
Iowa: 42 overall, 38 offense, 44 defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Iowa -4.5
Moneyline: Iowa -190, Minnesota +160
Opening line: Iowa -6.5
Opening total: 37.5
42 degrees, 12 MPH wind, 20% chance of rain
As uncomfortable as this will make you feel, it will all be worth it in the end because offense will be completely non-existent in Iowa City. It’s crazy to think the Hawkeyes were once ranked No. 2 in the country because they have the No. 124 offense in yards per play out of 130 FBS teams. Meanwhile, Iowa’s defense ranks fourth in that category. Minnesota is coming off a game in which they lost to the Illinois Fighting Illini 14-6, and it’s tough to imagine the Gophers moving the ball against a significantly better defense.
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