Canceled: Michigan at Iowa: 12/19/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

Canceled: Michigan at Iowa: 12/19/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2) vs Michigan Wolverines (2-4)

Game Info: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Kinnick Stadium)

Betting Odds: Iowa Hawkeyes -13.5 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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This game has been canceled.

The Michigan Wolverines will travel to Kinnick Stadium to take on the 16th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Michigan Wolverines have had their last two games cancelled due to Covid-19 and come into this game with an overall record of 2-4 on the season after being defeated by the Penn State Nittany Lions, 27-17, on November 28th. The Michigan offense couldn’t get anything going at home against the previous winless Nittany Lions and could not fight back after a Will Levis 2-yard TD run gave Penn State a double-digit lead with 8:12 left in regulation. Michigan was outgained Penn State by a 417-286 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Wolverines was RB Hassan Haskins who had 101 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on 17 carries.

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On the season, Michigan is averaging 28.3 ppg on 381.8 total yards per game (250.3 passing yds/g; 131.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Michigan has been led by RB Hassan Haskins who has 375 rushing yards & 6 TD’s on 61 carries. Also, in the backfield for the Wolverines has been Zach Charbonnet (19 att, 124 yards, TD) and Blake Corum (26 att, 77 yards, 2 TD). QB Cade McNamara (60.6 Comp %, 425 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT) looks as he has replaced Joe Milton (56.7 Comp %, 1,077 yards, 4 TD, 4 INT) and although he didn’t have a great game, he didn’t make any mistakes against Penn State. The top receiving threats for the Wolverines have been Ronnie Bell (26 rec, 401 yards, TD), Cornelius Johnson (16 rec, 254 yards, 3 TD), and Giles Jackson (15 rec, 167 yards).

Defensively, Michigan is allowing their opponents to average 34.5 ppg on 434.3 total yards per game (255.5 passing yds/g; 178.8 rushing yds/g).

The 16th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes won their 6th straight game and improved to 6-2 on the season after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers, 28-7, this past Saturday. Iowa had no trouble shutting down the struggling Wisconsin offense and pulled away after taking a 21-7 lead with 1:23 left in regulation. Iowa outgained Wisconsin by a 338-225 margin while winning the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Hawkeyes was WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette who had 7 receptions for 140 yards & 2 TD’s.

On the season, Iowa is averaging 31.8 ppg on 368.6 total yards per game (197.6 passing yds/g; 171.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Iowa has been led by the RB duo of Tyler Goodson (143 att, 762 yards, 7 TD) & Mekhi Sargent (76 att, 432 yards, 7 TD). QB Spencer Petras has completed 57.1% of his passes for 1,569 yards, 9 TD, & 5 INT. The top receiving threats for the Hawkeyes have been Ihmir Smith-Marsette (25 rec, 345 yards, 4 TD), Sam LaPorta (27 rec, 271 yards, TD), and Brandon Smith (23 rec, 231 yards, 2 TD).

Defensively, Iowa is holding their opponents to an average of 16.0 ppg on 313.8 total yards per game (206.1 passing yds/g; 107.6 rushing yds/g).

The Wolverines are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games and 0-5 TS in their last 5 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Michigan has been one of the biggest disappointments in College Football this season, especially on the defensive end where they rank just 97th in scoring defense. Iowa has been on a roll and between the fact that they have one of the best defenses in the country and have certainly enough offensive weapons to put up some points in this one, I’m taking Iowa to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Iowa Hawkeyes -13.5

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