Iowa at Rutgers - 9/24/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

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The Iowa Hawkeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights face off on Saturday in a Week 4 college football showdown at SHI Stadium. When these two teams faced off in 2019 it was Iowa that secured the 30-0 victory. 

Iowa comes into this game with a 2-1 record overall but they haven’t really been impressive in any of the games. In the last game against Nevada, they scored 27 points, but the offense still wasn’t really all that impressive. Iowa is averaging only 13.6 points per game which is 124th in college football. The defense is giving up 4.33 points per game which is second in the league. Under center for Iowa is Spencer Petras and he completed 37 of his 77 passes for 376 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. In this game, the Hawkeyes need to find a way to get the offense going.

On the other side of this matchup is Rutgers who sit with a 3-0 record. In the last game against Temple, Rutgers scored only 16 points, but that was still enough as the defense gave up only 14 points on the way to the victory. Rutgers is averaging 34.7 points per game while their defense is giving up 14 points per game. Rutgers is averaging 56 points while their defense is giving up 20 points per game. In the last game they only had 59 yards passing and they need to get the offense going here. Rutgers can’t be scoring 14 points, and expecting that they will come away with the win. 

Rutgers is 0-5 against the spread in their last five games against a team with a winning record. The under is 4-0 in the Hawkeyes last four games overall. The under is 4-0 in the Scarlet Knight’s last four games as an underdog. 

This might be a game that puts football back 100 years. Rutgers scored only 16 points in the last game and they are going to struggle to get even 10 points against this Iowa defense. Look for Iowa to have another terrible game from Petras and that is going to be the difference as this game stays under the total. I don’t think this game will get to even 20 points. Back the under to cash. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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