No. 4 Ohio State will chase win number seven when it welcomes Big Ten rival Iowa to Ohio Stadium tomorrow afternoon. Kickoff in Saturday's meeting between the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes is set for 3:30pm ET on ABC. The latest College Football Odds are favoring Ohio State at -17 against the spread and -700 on the money line ($700 wins $100); the Over/Under is set at 55.5 points.
Iowa appeared to have things rolling heading into last weekend's game with Michigan State. The Hawkeyes had reeled off four straight wins, after all, and they were coming off an impressive 23-7 road win at Minnesota.
The Spartans put a halt to Iowa's run, though, whipping Kirk Ferentz crew 14-26 at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes offense managed all of 13 first downs and 264 yards against Michigan State's formidable defense, and their defense faded in the second half thanks to the Spartans 37:13 to 22:47 time of possession advantage.
Unfortunately for Iowa, things do not get any easier this weekend with a rested Ohio State team waiting in the wings.
Granted, the Buckeyes have not looked as dominant in their last two outings, but Wisconsin is always a difficult assignment and Northwestern, at least of late, is no picnic either. Still, Ohio State managed to win both games, defeating the Badgers 31-24 in Columbus and the Wildcats 40-30 in Evanston.
Ohio State has dominated Iowa for the better part of two decades, posting a 10-1 record in its last 11 meetings with the Hawkeyes. Iowa is 0-6 in its last six trips to the Horseshoe as well with its last win in Columbus coming in 1991.
The Hawkeyes did get a cover in the last game between these two rivals in Ohio as it fell 24-27 in overtime (+16 road dog). The Buckeyes are 7-1-1 against the spread in their last nine games with Iowa, though.
Notable Trends: Ohio State is 7-0 straight up and 5-1-1 against the spread in its last seven games as a home favorite with a total of 54.5 or more points against a Big Ten rival (Under was 6-1 in those same seven games).
Big Ten College Football Picks Iowa vs Ohio State:
Iowa Hawkeyes +17 (-110), Over 55.5 (-110), +500 (Moneyline)
Ohio State Buckeyes -17 (-110), Under 55.5 (-110), -700 (Moneyline)
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