Hawkeyes vs Wildcats Betting Odds and Pick – October 17, 2015

The Northwestern Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season in ugly fashion last week in the form of a 38-0 shutout at the hands of Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines but will try and get back to their winning ways in Week 7 at home against Iowa.

  • Iowa is 6-2 ATS in its last eight road games vs. conference opponents.
  • The UNDER has gone 5-1 in Northwestern’s last six games.
  • Northwestern is 2-7 SU in its last nine conference games at home.

Both squads are a respectable 4-2 ATS to start the year. Northwestern’s defense has been the story this year and is ranked as the ninth best team in the country when it comes to total yards allowed. The Hawkeyes have been particularly good in limiting the damage by opposing running backs, sitting at no. 5 in the nation in running back yards allowed.

Northwestern has traditionally not fared well at home against conference opponents, however. The Wildcats are just 2-7 SU in their last nine home games against Big Ten teams.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Northwestern Wildcats as 2.5-point underdogs on the opening betting line for this contest. On Friday afternoon Northwestern found themselves at +1 with the total set at 41. 

Odds – VSB
computer prediction formulas pick a 20-17 win for the Hawkeyes on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Northwestern Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Iowa Hawkeyes will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 4-2 ATS against the spread this season, while the Northwestern Wildcats are 4-2 ATS. Iowa is 3-3 on the over under betting totals; Northwestern is 1-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Northwestern vs Iowa injuries news.

The game pits the Northwestern Wildcats, currently No. 72 in our Odds – VSB
NCAA Football Power Rankings, against the Iowa Hawkeyes, who rate No. 50 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Northwestern Wildcats No. 110-ranked offense (21.17 PPG) against a Iowa Hawkeyes defense that ranks No. 18 at 16.17 PPG. The Northwestern Wildcats passing attack has averaged 140.17 yards per game, less than the Iowa Hawkeyes give up through the air (232.33 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Iowa Hawkeyes own the league’s No. 8-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 74.5 yards per game when on the road. Northwestern, on the other hand, rates No. 19 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In Iowa’s last outing, Wes Lunt threw for 317 yards to lead the Hawkeyes over Illinois 29-20 at Kinnick Stadium.


Northwestern didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Wolverines as Michigan blasted them 38-0 in Week 6 action.

Betting Trends
  • Iowa is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Iowa is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Iowa’s last 9 games on the road
  • Northwestern is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Northwestern is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern’s last 6 games
  • Northwestern is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Iowa home to Maryland, Saturday, October 31st
Northwestern at Nebraska, Saturday, October 24th


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