College Football Week 10 continues on Saturday afternoon and we will see the Iowa Hawkeyes travel to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the Indiana Hoosiers. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on the Big 10 Network. Currently the odds for the game have Indiana favored by 2.5 points, while the total sits at 56. Currently 63% of the Public is on Indiana, while 74% is on the Under. Check out Sportsbook Spy to find out what side the Public is taking on all today's games.
Free Analysis: Iowa has suffered two straight losses to fall to 4-4 on the season and 2-2 in conference play. After falling at home to Penn State two weekends ago (38-14), the Hawkeyes fell at Northwestern this past Saturday, 28-17. With games against Legends Division front-runners Nebraska and Michigan still on tap, the Hawkeyes are still right in the thick of the Big Ten race. Iowa's offense has fallen off lately, having failed to eclipse 20 points in any of its last three outings. The Hawkeyes enter the weekend ranked 102nd nationally in total offense (325.9 ypg) and 105th in scoring (20.4 ppg). Last week, they fell behind 28-3 at Iowa before scoring the game's final two touchdowns on short runs by quarterback James Vandenberg. Starting running back Mark Weisman rushed for only 21 yards and left with a hip injury in the second quarter. Sophomore Damon Bullock stepped in and gained 107 yards on 22 carries, proving he is capable of carrying the load if Weisman (questionable) is unable to suit up against Indiana. The Hawkeyes defense has been a strength throughout the season, although they were unable to contain Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, who ran for three TDs and threw for another. Still, Iowa ranks 13th in the country in turnover margin (+8), 24th in pass defense (196.5), 30th in scoring defense (21.1) and 39th in total defense (355.0). Over the last seven games, the Hawkeyes have notched 30 tackles for loss and forced 14 turnovers, including six inside the red zone.
Indiana snapped an 11-game conference losing skid in last week's 31-17 triumph over Illinois. It also marked the Hoosiers first Big Ten road victory since 2010. A second straight conference victory won't come easy against Iowa, but it would certainly reinforce that the Hoosiers, who have lost four games this season by four points or less, are headed in the right direction. Indiana football may not exactly be synonymous with the phrase "high-powered offense," but the Hoosiers have managed to score at least 24 points in all eight games this season, the first time that has ever happened in school history. Entering this tilt, IU ranks first in the Big Ten in passing offense (265.9), second in total offense (443.4) and third in scoring (34.2). Credit Indiana's defense for bottling up quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase and the Illinois offensive attack. The Hoosiers recovered two fumbles, tallied seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss in the victory. The seven sacks are the most by the Hoosiers since they notched seven against Central Michigan in November 2008. Redshirt junior defensive back Greg Heban had another busy day, recording a game-high 13 tackles to go along with a fumble recovery. Defensive tackle Adam Replogle finished with eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss and a sack, and a forced fumble. He leads all Big Ten lineman with 6.5 tackles per game.
Free Pick: I like the Hoosiers in this one. The Iowa offense has been poor this year, ranking near the bottom in the nation in total offense and scoring offense and im not sure they will be able to score enough points in this one to get the win. Iowa does have a solid defense, but this Indiana offense has scored 24+ points in every game this year and have scored 49 points on the likes of Ohio State and 27 points on Michigan State, which was the only game this year that the Spartans allowed more than 20 points in a game. This offense can score on anyone and they will do so here, as they put up enough points to get a solid win in this one.
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