Iowa Hawkeyes vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Prediction, 11/19/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Iowa Hawkeyes vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022
Location: Huntington Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Gophers (-2.5)
Huntington Bank Stadium is the location where the Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-3) will attempt to beat the Iowa Hawkeyes (6-4) on Saturday. Minnesota is 2.5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 32.5.
The Iowa Hawkeyes come into this game with a record of 6-4 this year. In their last contest, the Hawkeyes played against the Wisconsin Badgers and walked away with a win by a score of 24-10. Spencer Petras went 14/23 with 94 yds passing. He had a QB rating of 95.2 and walked away from the contest with no interceptions. Kaleb Johnson was the best rusher for the Hawkeyes with 22 carries for 57 yds (2.6 yards per carry). In the game, they had 68 plays which gave them 146 yds. The Iowa Hawkeyes ran the rock 45 different times and totaled 52 yards, which earned them an average of 1.2 yards per attempt. Against the run, the Hawkeyes conceded 51 yds on 31 tries, which calculates to 1.6 yards per rush surrendered. Iowa relinquished 16 completions on 35 tries for a total of 176 yards, and a completion percentage of 45.7%.
When talking about getting in the endzone, the Iowa Hawkeyes hold an average of 17.9 PPG. As a unit they are averaging 98.4 yards on the ground which ranks them 119th in Division 1. The Hawkeyes have racked up 2,511 yards in total over the course of this year. In terms of scoring, Iowa has earned 5 touchdowns through the air and 10 rushing touchdowns. Iowa has tallied 139 first downs, and they have been called for 44 infractions for 350 yards. They have turned the ball over 13 times.
The Hawkeyes sit in 5th in D-1 when it comes to the opposition scoring, allowing 13.9 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 2.5 yards per run and 88.6 rushing yards per contest on the campaign. Overall, they have allowed 886 yards via the running game in 10 outings. Regarding passing yardage, the Hawkeyes are giving up 1,721 yds which ranks them 12th in college football. They are allowing 172.1 yards per game through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 58.3%. Over the course of this year, they have given up 260.7 yards per game putting them at 3rd in the country. They have granted 10 touchdowns through the air and 3 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Golden Gophers head into this game 7-3 this year. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Golden Gophers took home the win by a final score of 31-3 when they faced the Northwestern Wildcats. Mohamed Ibrahim ran the football 36 times for 178 yds, walking away from the contest with 4.9 yds per carry for Minnesota. Athan Kaliakmanis ended the contest with 64 yds on 7/13 passing while his QB rating was 95.2. He kept the ball away from the defense with no interceptions and his Y/A was 4.9. Minnesota gave up 22 rush attempts for 72 yds (3.3 yds per rush). The Golden Gophers pass defense allowed a completion rate of 46.9%, surrendering 206 yds on 15 out of 32 through the air. The Golden Gophers finished the game with a total of 366 yds while they ran 71 plays (5.2 yards per play). Minnesota ran the football for 5.2 yards per tote, finishing with a total of 302 yards on 58 carries.
In terms of their scoring prowess, the Golden Gophers currently sit 50th in college football averaging 30.6 points per outing. During the season thus far, the Golden Gophers currently have a total of 1,825 yards via the pass in addition to an average of 182.5 passing yards per game, which is ranked 118th in the country. The Minnesota Golden Gophers maintain an average of 403.4 yards per game, ranking them 57th in D-1. The Minnesota offense has racked up 361 penalty yds on 41 violations, which is 128th in the country in terms of helping out the other team.
The Golden Gophers are conceding 13.1 points per game, which has them ranked 4th in the country. Minnesota has allowed a total of 1,068 yards rushing (106.8 yards per outing) and 6 touchdowns by way of the ground game for the season. This year, they have given up 131 total points. They have yielded 8 touchdowns via the pass and 167.2 yards per outing, which has them sitting 8th in college football. The Golden Gophers defense has taken part in 567 plays, which ranks 3rd in college football.
Who will win tonight's Hawkeyes/Golden Gophers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Hawkeyes +2.5
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