Wisconsin Badgers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Prediction, 12/12/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wisconsin Badgers vs Iowa Hawkeyes
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Location: Kinnick Stadium
TV: Big Ten Network
Odds/Point Spread: Wisconsin (-2.5)
Graham Mertz and the Wisconsin Badgers (2-2) go to Kinnick Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2). Wisconsin opens this matchup as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 43.5.
The last time they took the field, the Wisconsin Badgers took the field against the Indiana Hoosiers and took the loss by a score of 14-6. Graham Mertz went 20/34 with 202 yards by way of the pass but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He gave away 1 pick for the contest. Jalen Berger paced the team in rushing for that game. He tore off a long run of 20 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for 87 yards on 15 carries which had him averaging 5.8 yards per run. Jake Ferguson was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 54 yards on 5 receptions. He had an average of 10.8 yards per reception for that game.
The Badgers have racked up 1,606 total yards this year. Offensively they hold an average of 199.8 yards in the run game which is 34th in college football. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, Wisconsin has totaled 8 touchdowns via the pass and 6 touchdowns via the ground. When it comes to scoring, the Wisconsin Badgers are sitting at 26.8 points per game. When it comes to passing yardage, the Badgers are conceding 628 yds which puts them in 15th in the country. During the season, they are surrendering 229.3 yards/game which puts them 13th in the country. The Badgers are ranked 14th in college football in terms of their opponents scoring, giving up 12.3 points per game. They are allowing an average of 2.9 yards per rush and 72.3 rushing yards per game for the year. During their 4 games played this season, they are allowing 157.0 yards per outing via the pass as well as allowing a completion percentage of 50.3%. Overall, they have allowed 289 rushing yards through 4 contests.
Graham Mertz has connected on 84 of his attempted career 128 passes for a completion percentage of 65.6%. He is throwing for 146.7 yards per contest. For his collegiate career, Mertz has thrown for 880 yds with 8 TD's and 4 interceptions. He has a QB rating of 137.8 with a touchdown rate of 6.3% and an interception rate of 3.1%. Since he has been in college, he has taken off and run 25 times totaling 40 rushing yards.
In their last game, the Iowa Hawkeyes went up against the Illinois Fighting Illini and added a win to their record by a score of 35-21. Tyler Goodson led the team on the ground for the game. He broke a long run for 16 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He scurried for 92 yards by way of 19 carries which gave him an average of 4.8 yards per run. Brandon Smith led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 58 yards on 5 receptions. He averaged 11.6 yards per catch for the game. Spencer Petras went 18/28 with 220 yards by way of passing and tossed 3 touchdowns. He finished the game without throwing an interception.
When it comes to the points being put on the board, the Hawkeyes rank 38th in college football averaging 32.3 PPG. Over the course of the season to this point, the Hawkeyes have thrown for a total of 1,370 yards through the air together with an average of 195.7 passing yards per outing, which has them sitting 96th in the nation. They have an average of 177.3 yards per game on the ground and have rushed for 1,241 yards for this year. The Iowa Hawkeyes hold an average of 373.0 yards/contest which has them sitting 84th in Division 1. Iowa has surrendered a total of 805 yards on the ground (115.0 yards/game) in addition to 7 touchdowns on the ground on the year. The Hawkeyes are allowing 17.3 points per contest, ranking them 26th in D-1. Over the course of the season, they have conceded 121 total points. They have given up 9 touchdowns through the air and 211.4 yards/game, which puts them in 49th in D-1.
In the 10 contests in his college career, Spencer Petras has been successful on 132 of his 231 tries for a total of 1,383 yards. He is averaging 138.3 yds per contest through the air with a 113.1 quarterback rating. Petras has thrown 7 touchdowns while tossing 5 picks in his career. He has scampered for 8 yds on 30 attempts. His TD percentage is 3.0% and his interception rate is 2.2%.
Who will win tonight's Badgers/Hawkeyes college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Hawkeyes +2.5
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