Iowa Hawkeyes vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, 9/24/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Iowa Hawkeyes vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Location: SHI Stadium in Piscataway, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Scarlet Knights (+7.5)
The Iowa Hawkeyes (2-1) are headed to SHI Stadium on Saturday where they will attempt to beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-0). Rutgers opens as 7.5-point dogs. The total comes in at 35.5.
The Iowa Hawkeyes head into this game 2-1 this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Hawkeyes played against the Nevada Wolf Pack and earned the victory with a final of 27-0. Gavin Williams led the offense in rushing for the Hawkeyes with 16 totes for 57 yards (3.6 yds per attempt). Spencer Petras connected on 14/26 with 175 yds passing and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rating of 123.1 and finished the contest without throwing a pick. In the running game, the Hawkeyes gave up 69 yards on 36 attempts, which averages out to 1.9 yards per rush surrendered. Iowa gave up 14 completions on 28 attempts for 82 yds, and a completion percentage of 50.0%. When all was said and done, they ran 61 plays which gave them 337 yards. The Iowa Hawkeyes ran the ball a total of 35 different times and totaled 162 yds, which earned them an average of 4.6 yards per attempt.
The Hawkeyes have earned 653 total yards for the year. In terms of distribution of touchdowns, Iowa has compiled 1 touchdown through the air and 3 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the football over 5 times. Iowa has accumulated 36 1st downs as a team, and they have committed 11 infractions for 65 yards. As a team they average 92.3 yards on the ground which is 117th in D-1. Concerning putting the ball in the endzone, the Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging 13.7 points per game.
The Hawkeyes are ranked 3rd in college football when it comes to team defense, conceding 4.3 PPG. They are allowing 2.1 yards per rushing attempt and 77.0 yards on the ground per game so far this year. During this campaign, they have allowed 231 yards via the ground game in 3 contests. Concerning yards through the air, the Hawkeyes are giving up 353 yards which ranks them 7th in college football. They are conceding 117.7 yards per contest through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 53.1%. During this campaign, they are giving up 194.7 yards/contest ranking them 4th in college football. They have yielded 1 touchdown via the pass as well as 0 touchdown on the ground.
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The Scarlet Knights come into this matchup with a record of 3-0 for this season. In their last game, the Scarlet Knights got the victory with a final of 16-14 against the Temple Owls. Evan Simon walked away from the game with 52 yards on 9/15 passing while his quarterback rate was 89.1. He kept the ball away from the defense with no picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 3.5. Johnny Langan ran the football 9 times for 79 yards, finishing the contest with 8.8 yds per carry for Rutgers. Rutgers rushed the football for 3.5 yards per attempt, finishing with 142 yards on 41 attempts. The Scarlet Knights finished the game with a total of 201 yards while they ran 58 plays (3.5 yards per play). The Scarlet Knights secondary gave up a completion rate of 59.4%, surrendering 215 yds on 19 out of 32 passing. Rutgers gave up 30 run attempts for 49 yds (1.6 yards per rush).
When it comes to this team's ability to score points, the Scarlet Knights currently sit 59th in the country by tallying 34.7 points per outing. For the season to this point, the Scarlet Knights have racked up 426 passing yards along with an average of 142.0 passing yards per game, which has them ranked 119th in college football. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights average 369.3 yards/game, ranking them 91st in college football. The Rutgers offense has 220 penalty yards on 25 violations, which is good for 21st in the nation in terms of making mistakes.
Rutgers has conceded a total of 97 rushing yards (32.3 yards per outing) in addition to 1 touchdown by way of the ground game this year. They have surrendered 5 touchdowns through the air and 208.0 yards/game, which puts them in 60th in the nation. The Scarlet Knights defense has been on the field for 185 plays, which has them ranked 30th in D-1. The Scarlet Knights are giving up 14.0 PPG, ranking them 22nd in D-1. This year, they have allowed 42 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Hawkeyes/Scarlet Knights college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Hawkeyes -7.5
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