Iowa Hawkeyes College Football Betting
Last year the Iowa Hawkeyes met the Kentucky Wildcats in the Citrus Bowl. Kentucky won a close one, 20-17, as the game was a push for gamblers. The game was frustrating for Iowa fans regarding a popgun offense that has worsened over the past 12 months. Iowa and Kentucky will meet again at the Music City Bowl in Nashville. Both schools “travel well” and will bring a large contingent of fans looking for fun in Music City. Whether the game has any fireworks remains a question. The Hawkeyes and Wildcats are defensively oriented and fundamentally sound.
NCAA Football Betting Odds
Iowa Hawkeyes +2.5
Kentucky Wildcats -2.5
Iowa Hawkeyes Weekly Matchup
On Saturday, December 31, 2022, the Kentucky Wildcats of the Southeastern Conference will face the Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten Conference in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff time is Noon ET, with television coverage on ABC.
There will not be an overload of betting action on either side. Kentucky brings SEC credentials. But Iowa’s Big Ten affiliation offsets much of that. Undertakers will look hard at the total in a matchup of low-scoring teams.
Last game, the Kentucky Wildcats won 26-13 against the Louisville Cardinals as 3.5-point home favorites. The game went under the total of 42.5. Kentucky has a record of 7-5 straight up, 8-4 against the spread, and 1-11 over/under the total. Kentucky ranks 106th for total offense, 88th for passing, 102nd for rushing and 106th for scoring. Defensively they rank 18th overall, 7th against the pass, 59th against the rush, and 12th for points allowed. Also, Kentucky ranks 46th for fewest turnovers lost and 67th for takeaways.
Will Levis passed for two touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Barion Brown in the third quarter, Matt Ruffolo kicked a career-best four field goals, and the Wildcats topped archrival Louisville for their fourth consecutive Governor's Cup victory. The Wildcats limped in with five losses in seven games but regrouped to overwhelm the Cardinals in all phases.
Kentucky's defense harassed Cardinal quarterbacks Brock Domann and Malik Cunningham and forced a turnover from each, leading to 10 points.
Levis was 11 of 19 passing for 188 yards and tossed an 8-yard TD pass to Dane Key in Kentucky's second possession. His pass to wide-open tight end Josh Kattus turned into a 70-yard catch-and-run and set the stage for his first score three plays later.
Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed 24 times for 120 yards and broke the school record with his 20th 100-yard performance.
Ruffolo converted from 43, 29, 35, and 40 yards, making both extra points for Kentucky on the way to becoming the first kicker to earn the Howard Schnellenberger Award as Most Valuable Player.
Iowa Hawkeyes Weekly Recap
Last game, the Iowa Hawkeyes lost 24-17 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers as an 11-point home favorite. The game went over the total of 38. Iowa has a record of 7-5 straight up, 7-5 against the spread, and 4-8 over/under the total. Iowa ranks 130th for total offense, 122nd for passing, 121st for rushing, and 123rd for scoring. Defensively they rank 5th overall, 9th against the pass, 13th against the rush, and 6th for points allowed. Also, Iowa ranks 104th for fewest turnovers lost and 21st for takeaways.
The Iowa Hawkeyes fielded one of the best defenses in all college football in 2022. Offsetting that was one of the worst offenses seen by anyone in decades. Head coach Kurt Ferentz employs a style of play that is all about forcing the opponent to beat themselves. And in many games, that is exactly what happens. But if Iowa even had an average offense, it is possible they would be one of the top teams in the country. Instead, they are derided as something of a fraud. Gamblers are frustrated with the Hawkeyes because of that lack of offense. Iowa is often favored in games, but their inability to score makes it difficult and risky to lay points. Undertakers love Iowa because of their stout defense and terrible offense. Most weeks, Iowa comes in under the total with no problem, regardless of how low the oddsmakers set the number.
2022 Iowa Hawkeyes Schedule
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