Minnesota at Iowa College Football Picks & Predictions 10/28/2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers head to Kinnick Stadium to play the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Iowa as 9 point favorites. The total has been set at 42.5. The Golden Gophers are 3-4-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 4-3-0. The Hawkeyes are 3-4-0 against the spread and their over/under mark is 2-5-0.
Valuable Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 4-3-0 against the over/under
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 3-4-0 against the spread
Important Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Trends
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 2-5-0 against the over/under
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 3-4-0 against the spread
Key Minnesota Golden Gophers Injuries
10/22/17 DB Antoine Winfield Jr. Hamstring is "?" Saturday vs. Iowa
10/22/17 TE Brandon Lingen Ankle is "?" Saturday vs. Iowa
10/22/17 DB Kiondre Thomas Leg left last game, is "?" Saturday vs. Iowa
10/22/17 OL Nick Connelly Leg is "?" Saturday vs. Iowa
10/22/17 RB Rodney Smith Concussion left last game, is "?" Saturday vs. Iowa
10/22/17 RB Shannon Brooks Leg is "?" Saturday vs. Iowa
10/22/17 OL Vincent Calhoun Leg is "?" Saturday vs. Iowa
10/01/17 WR Demetrius Douglas Foot out for season
09/27/17 DB Zo Craighton Leg out for season
09/27/17 WR Melvin Holland Jr. Leg out for season
08/30/17 WR Chris Autman-Bell Leg out indefinitely
Key Iowa Hawkeyes Injuries
10/22/17 OL Boone Myers Leg is "?" Saturday vs. Minnesota U
10/22/17 DB Brandon Snyder Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs. Minnesota U
10/22/17 RB James Butler Elbow is "?" Saturday vs. Minnesota U
10/22/17 LB Josey Jewell Shoulder is "?" Saturday vs. Minnesota U
09/13/17 OL Ike Boettger Achilles out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 79th in the country in points scored with 191. They have run 472 plays this year for 2,428 yards, which ranks them 114th in Division 1 in total offense. The Golden Gophers average 5.1 yards per play, which is 105th in the nation. As a team they have accumulated a total of 132 1st downs this season, ranking them 100th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Minnesota has run for 1,316 yards as a unit, which ranks 46th in college football. They've run 316 times, averaging 4.2 yards per rush as a unit. The Golden Gophers have been penalized on offense 25 times for 230 yards so far this year, which has them 126th in the country in penalties. Demry Croft has passed for 273 yards this year. He's completed 23 throws while attempting 46 passes for a completion percentage of 50%. His quarterback rating this season is 115.5. He averages 4.7 adjusted yards per throw and 5.9 yards per pass attempt.
Minnesota is 25th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 133. They have given up a total of 2,221 yards on D, which is 24th in D-1. The Golden Gophers are 29th in yards per play allowed with 5. Opponent offenses have completed 136 throws on 222 attempts against the Minnesota Golden Gophers defense this season, ranking them 74th and 66th in the nation. The Minnesota pass defense has also surrendered a total of 1,282 yards in the air, which is 23rd overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 224 attempts for 939 yards this season, putting them in 33rd place in the country against the run. The Golden Gophers have had 39 penalties for 387 yards on defense this year. That places them 64th in college football.
Special Teams Stats
Minnesota is 114th in the country in punt returns with 6. They've totaled 32 punt return yards and average 5.3 yards per return, which is 92nd in D-1. They have returned 17 kicks for 365 yards on special teams, which puts them 78th in kick return yardage. The Golden Gophers average 22 yards per kick return and they are 112th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 2,825. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have tried 14 field goals this year and made 10, which is 47th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 71%. Minnesota Golden Gophers kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 23 for 23 this season. Their punters have accumulated 1,451 yards on 33 punts, averaging 44 yards per punt. That ranks them 27th in the NCAA in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Hawkeyes have run for 921 yards as a team, which ranks 103rd in college football. They've run 260 times, averaging 3.5 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Iowa Hawkeyes have been penalized on offense 38 times for 312 yards so far this season, which has them 94th in the country in penalties. They are 89th in the nation in points scored with 183. They have run 464 plays this season for 2,447 yards, which ranks them 77th in Division 1 in total offense. Iowa averages 5.3 yards per play, which is 87th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 129 1st downs this year, placing them 103rd overall as an offensive unit. Nathan Stanley averages 7.5 yards per pass attempt and 8.4 adjusted yards per throw. He has completed 116 passes on 201 attempts for a completion percentage of 57.7%. His quarterback rating this year is 144. He has thrown for 1,508 yards this season.
The Iowa Hawkeyes rush defense has allowed 240 attempts for 1,032 yards this year, putting them in 47th place in D-1 against the run. Iowa has committed 47 penalties for 419 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 78th in college football. They are 22nd in the nation in points allowed on defense with 129. They have surrendered a total of 2,680 yards on D, which is 55th in the country. The Hawkeyes are ranked 40th in yards per play allowed with 5.2. Opposing offenses have completed 158 passes on 272 attempts against the Iowa defense this season, placing them 111th and 119th in Division 1. The Iowa Hawkeyes pass defense has also given up a total of 1,648 yards through the air, which is 80th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Iowa Hawkeyes have attempted 8 field goals this season and made 6, which is 89th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 75%. Iowa kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 21 for 21 this year. Their punters have totaled 1,424 yards on 34 punts, averaging 42 yards per punt. That places them 71st in Division 1 in punting average. Iowa is ranked 85th in the nation in punt returns with 9. They've accumulated 73 punt return yards and average 8.1 yards per return, which is 55th in college football. They have returned 16 kicks for 356 yards on special teams, ranking 85th in kick return yardage. The Iowa Hawkeyes average 22 yards per kick return and they are 109th in the country in all-purpose yards with 2,876.
Who will win tonight's Golden Gophers/Hawkeyes college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Hawkeyes -9
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