Iowa Hawkeyes vs Northwestern Wildcats Prediction, 11/4/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Iowa Hawkeyes vs Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2023
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Wildcats (+8)
The Northwestern Wildcats (4-4) are hosting the Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2) at Wrigley Field on Saturday, November 4, 2023. Iowa opens this matchup as 8-point favorites from oddsmakers. The over/under is 30.5.
The Iowa Hawkeyes head into this game 6-2 this season. In their last game, the Hawkeyes played the Minnesota Golden Gophers and went home with a loss by a final score of 12-10. Kaleb Johnson was the best rusher for the Hawkeyes with 6 carries for 18 yds (3.0 yds per carry). Deacon Hill finished 10/28 with 116 yds passing. He had a quarterback rating of 63.4 and finished the contest with 1 pick. In the running game, the Hawkeyes gave up 113 yds on 45 tries, which is an average of 2.5 yds per run surrendered. Iowa conceded 10 completions on 25 tries for a total of 126 yards, and a completion percentage of 40.0%. Once the final whistle blew, they had 56 plays which gave them 127 yards. The Iowa Hawkeyes ran the football 28 different times and accounted for 11 yds, which had them averaging 0.4 yards per tote.
Concerning scoring points, the Iowa Hawkeyes have an average of 19.5 PPG. Offensively they maintain an average of 115.9 yards on the ground ranking them 110th in D-1. The Hawkeyes have earned 1,859 yards in total for this campaign. With reference to scoring touchdowns, Iowa has compiled 6 touchdowns via the pass and 8 rushing touchdowns. Iowa has amassed 96 1st downs offensively, and they have committed 28 infractions for 236 yds. They have turned the ball over 13 different times.
When talking about yards through the air, the Hawkeyes are allowing 1,514 yards which ranks them 19th in D-1. They have surrendered 189.3 yards per contest via the pass in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 56.7%. During the season, they have given up 314.8 yards/game which ranks them 20th in the country. They have yielded 8 touchdowns by air and 1 touchdown on the ground. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.4 yards per run and 125.5 rushing yards per contest so far this year. In total, they have allowed 1,004 yards via the running game in 8 outings. The Hawkeyes sit in 6th in college football regarding team defense, giving up 14.5 PPG.
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The Wildcats come into this matchup with a record of 4-4 for this year. When they last stepped on the field, the Wildcats went home victorious with a score of 33-27 against the Maryland Terrapins. Brendan Sullivan carried the ball 14 times for 56 yards, ending the contest with 4.0 yds per attempt for Northwestern. Brendan Sullivan (2 TDs) walked away from the game with 265 yds on 16/23 through the air while his quarterback rating was 195. He didn't toss any picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 11.5. Northwestern allowed 27 rushing attempts for 117 yds (4.3 yards per rush). The Wildcats pass defense allowed a completion rate of 63.8%, surrendering 274 yds on 30 for 47 passing. The Wildcats finished with 364 yards while running 63 plays (5.8 yds per play). Northwestern ran the ball for 2.5 yards per attempt, finishing the game with 99 yds on 40 carries.
The Northwestern Wildcats are averaging 307.4 yards per outing, ranking them 121st in the nation. The Northwestern offense has 366 yds of penalties on 44 infractions, which is 88th in D-1 in terms of helping out the other team. They maintain an average of 99.8 rushing yards per game and have rushed for 798 yards for this season. They have tossed 5 picks while surrendering 1 fumbles and they have tallied 139 first downs. When it comes to this team's ability to score points, the Wildcats rank 109th in D-1 with an average of 21.8 points per game. During the season so far, the Wildcats have compiled 1,661 yards through the air in addition to an average of 207.6 throwing yards per game, ranking them 94th in D-1.
Northwestern has allowed the opposition a total of 1,314 yards on the ground (164.3 yards per outing) and 16 touchdowns via the rush this year. They have allowed 10 touchdowns through the air and 187.1 yards per game, which has them in 20th in the country. They have totaled 3 fumbles recovered and 6 picks on the campaign. The Wildcats defense has taken the field for 528 plays, which has them sitting 55th in college football. The Wildcats are surrendering 26.0 PPG, which has them ranked 71st in the nation. This season, they have allowed 208 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Hawkeyes/Wildcats college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Hawkeyes -8
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