College Football Week 11 Predictions: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers
Saturday, 11/8/14, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Iowa -2.5
Current Betting Line:  Iowa PK
Opening Total:  47
Current Total:  44.5
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers are led by all-purpose back David Cobb offensively
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are led by all-purpose back David Cobb offensively

Iowa picked up a 48-7 blowout victory over the Northwestern Wildcats as three-point home favorites last week, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive contest by winning the statistical battle by 303 yards.  The Hawkeyes have scored 30 or more points in three consecutive affairs for the first time since 2011, which can’t be ignored when making your Week 11 college football predictions, while they’ve already become bowl eligible for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons.  Iowa is 5-4 SUATS when the betting line is between +3 to -3 the last two-plus campaigns, with the OVER going 7-2 in that situation.

The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in averaging 260.8 passing yards per game during conference play, which is important to consider when looking over the college football betting lines, while their defense is first in surrendering just 117.2 yards through the air.  Iowa has used 13 first-time starters thus far under longtime head coach Kirk Ferentz, while three true freshmen have seen action on the gridiron.  The program’s plus-56 scoring margin in the first quarter is tied for sixth best nationally.

Minnesota had its four-game winning streak snapped in dropping a 28-24 decision to the Illinois Fighting Illini as 3.5-point road favorites on Oct. 25, but it did capture the statistical battle by 148 yards.  The Golden Gophers are 7-3 SU in their last 10 Big Ten games, but they’ve dropped the last two meetings in this rivalry, including a 23-7 setback as 2.5-point home underdogs a year ago.  Minnesota is 3-5 SU and 5-3 ATS in November since the start of the 2012 campaign.

The Golden Gophers are already eligible for the postseason for a third straight year under head coach Jerry Kill, as they aim for their first 4-1 start in conference play since 1990.  Minnesota has ran the ball 366 times and passed it 151 thus far in 2014, with 18 of its 25 offensive touchdowns coming on the ground.  Running back David Cobb is responsible for 33.6 percent of the team’s all-purpose yards, while he’s eighth in the country with 1,131 yards on the ground.

Sports bettors will likely back the Golden Gophers due to their 8-2 ATS mark in their last 10 Big Ten affairs.

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