Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes: College Football Week 8 Betting Odds and Predictions
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Saturday, 10/19/13, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Ohio State -17
Current Betting Line: Ohio State -17
Opening Total: 55
Current Total: 55.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Iowa dropped a 26-14 home decision to Michigan State Oct. 5 in its last outing after opening Big Ten Conference play with a 23-7 win at Minnesota. The Hawkeyes are 14-46-3 against the Buckeyes, including an 8-29-1 mark in games played in Columbus. Defensively, the team has held its first six opponents under their rushing average, which is important to consider when making your college football predictions Saturday afternoon. Iowa is 0-3 SU and 1-2 ATS as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points, with the UNDER going 2-1 in that situation.
The Hawkeyes are allowing just 88.5 rushing yards per game, which happens to be the eighth-best total in the nation and third among Big Ten members. Iowa is the only school in the nation to have not allowed a rushing touchdown this season. It’s important to point out that the program has held its last five opponents scoreless in the first quarter, while its Week 8 opponent has scored 126 of its 281 total points in the opening 15 minutes.
Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak of 18 games, while it has won 11 of the last 12 games in this series—including the last three. The Buckeyes are one of eight FBS schools who have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 2013, while they trail only five teams in giving up 86.2 yards per game on the ground. Second-year head coach Urban Meyer has compiled a 34-2 SU overall record with more than a week to prepare for an opponent. Ohio State is 7-2 SU and 6-3 ATS in October the last two-plus seasons.
The Buckeyes are averaging a Big Ten-best 46.8 points per game, which has been made possible by averaging 492.8 total yards per game. Seniors Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde are Ohio State’s most experienced rushers—gaining 427 and 294 rushing yards respectively through six contests. The team will be looking to improve upon its 66-19-5 record in Homecoming games, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page.
Sports bettors will likely back the Buckeyes due to their 11-6 ATS mark against conference opponents since 2011.
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