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Michigan vs Iowa Odds - Iowa "D" will come up big against Forcier, Wolverines

Posted by Tony Bryant on 10/6/2009 2:44:45 PM
how to bet on footballThe Michigan vs Iowa odds in your offshore sportsbook will feature a pair of Big Ten teams looking to join Penn State and Ohio State in the conference race. Iowa opened their Big Ten schedule with a win over the Nittany Lions, and their defense will be the key to a victory which will snap a three-game losing skid to the Wolverines.

Michigan vs Iowa Odds: Iowa -3

  • WHAT: College football odds
  • WHEN: Saturday, October 10, 8:05 PM ET
  • WHERE: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
  • KEY STAT: Michigan has won three straight meetings against Iowa
  • PICK: Iowa -3

Michigan vs Iowa odds maker breakdown: What’s On The Line
The Wolverines (4-1, 1-1) fell just short for their first loss of the season, as they were beaten 26-20 in overtime at Michigan State. Meanwhile, the No.12 Hawkeyes (5-0, 1-0) shot up the rankings as they followed up their big win at Ohio State with a victory over Arkansas State in which they looked far from their best. Both have a lot to play for in what should a tight Big Ten, with the Hawkeyes are looking to prove they belong, and the Wolverines out to show they’re back.

Betting Edge: Draw

Michigan vs Iowa odds maker breakdown: Offense
Michigan is putting their trust in freshman pivot Tate Forcier, and while he was intercepted in overtime of the Michigan State loss, he also tossed a couple of touchdowns in the fourth to get the Wolverines to the extra period. Michigan is 28th in the country on the ground, powered by Carlos Brown, but he had only 15 yards against the Spartans.

The Hawkeyes aren’t going to outscore anyone, as they’re 82nd in the country with just under 25 points per game. They have a solid running-back duo in Adam Robinson and Brandon Wegher, but quarterback Ricky Stanzi is building a connection with receiver Marvin McNutt, which is promising.

Betting Edge: Michigan

Michigan vs Iowa odds maker breakdown: Defense
The Wolverines need to work on their defense, where they are 91st in the NCAA, but they did force three turnovers out of the Spartans last week. However, they were on the field for almost 40 minutes, and it’s tough to be effective when you’re out there for that long.

Iowa is 10th in points allowed, but they allowed a season-high 21 points to Arkansas State, who is in the Sun Belt, so that can’t make coach Kirk Ferentz happy. They also struggled on third down as Arkansas State converted half of their 14 attempts.

Betting Edge: Iowa

Michigan vs Iowa odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
Center David Molk (foot) is definitely out, along with corner Zac Johnson (shoulder). Safety Mike Williams (ankle) came back from his injury to face Michigan State, but was ineffective.

Tony Moeaki (undisclosed) hasn’t played for three games, but he’s used to this as the senior tight end has battled injuries his entire career. Defensive back Shaun Prater (knee) is also looking to come back after missing last week’s game.

Betting Edge: Iowa

Michigan vs Iowa betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
The sports betting edge goes to Iowa by three points, and their defense has been lights out this season in Ferentz’s 10th year on campus. The Wolverines have overachieved a bit after last year’s horrible campaign, but Forcier has stepped up huge for coach Rich Rodriguez. However, three of his last four games have been nailbiters, and he shrugged off a shoulder injury to play against Michigan State, which means he may not be 100%, which should have the Iowa defense salivating.

TONY’S PICK: Iowa -3

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