College Football Week 7 Picks: Indiana Hoosiers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Saturday, 10/11/14, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Iowa -6
Current Betting Line:  Iowa -3
Opening Total:  53.5
Current Total:  54
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Indiana Hoosiers have a dynamic offense led by running back Tevin Coleman and quarterback Nate Sudfeld
The Indiana Hoosiers have a dynamic offense led by running back Tevin Coleman and quarterback Nate Sudfeld

Indiana has alternated wins and losses over its first five games of the season, as it comes off a 49-24 victory over North Texas as 11-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 58.5.  The Hoosiers sit eighth nationally in averaging 300.0 rushing yards per game, which is important to consider when making your Week 7 college football betting picks, while they also rank third in the Big Ten Conference in totaling 513.2 yards a contest.  Indiana is 1-4 SUATS as underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 5-0 in those affairs.

The Hoosiers have a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender in Tevin Coleman, who has recorded seven straight 100-yard rushing performances.  He leads all players in averaging 196.0 yards from scrimmage, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page.  Indiana also has a capable signal-caller in Nate Sudfeld, who completed 23-of-29 passes for 230 yards with three scores last time out.

Iowa returns home after picking up back-to-back road wins, including a 24-10 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers as 7.5-point favorites Sept. 27, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest.  The Hawkeyes hold a 42-28-4 advantage in this series, including triumphs in four of the last five meetings.  The program is 9-5-1 SU all-time against Indiana when celebrating its Homecoming, while it has allowed just 18.7 points a contest when playing at Kinnick Stadium in 2014.  Iowa is 8-9 SU and 4-13 ATS at home over the last two-plus seasons.

The Hawkeyes are third in the Big Ten in surrendering just 93.2 rushing yards per game, which if a major strength when facing an offense that’s averaging 36.5 points per game on the road.  Iowa also leads the conference in total defense and pass efficiency defense in Big Ten competition.

Sports bettors will likely back the Hawkeyes due to the Hoosiers being 0-7 ATS in their last seven affairs following a SU win.

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