Iowa vs. No. 2 Ohio State October 22 Betting Preview

Iowa vs. No. 2 Ohio State October 22 Betting Preview

Sam Frohman
1 year ago
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Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud throws a pass in game vs. Michigan State Spartans

Iowa will take its talents to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in The Shoe this Saturday. The Buckeyes are a perfect 6-0, which has earned them the right to be the number-two team in the nation. The Hawkeyes, on the other hand, are 3-3 and looking for a huge win on the road.

Despite having Week 7 off, Ohio State has looked like one of the best teams in the country in their first six games, but none of their six opponents are currently ranked, which raises a flag of how good this Ohio State team really is. In the defense of Ohio State, they have still taken care of business, regardless of who they have faced.

Iowa has had a season to forget for the most part. They scored a total of 14 points in their first two games, with a win against San Diego State and a loss against Iowa State. They are 1-2 in conference play, with a win against Rutgers and losses to Michigan and Illinois.

Let’s look ahead at this Big Ten matchup between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Odds

The oddsmakers are expecting a blowout in this contest. They have the Buckeyes as a thirty-point favorite with odds of (-110) at that spread. Iowa, at +30, has odds of (-110) to cover that spread. The over/under for total points in this game is set at 49.5 with odds of (-110) to bet the over or under.

Keys To The Game

CJ Stroud is the key to Ohio State’s success in this game and their future this season. He is currently second in the Heisman race, and there is a fair reason for it.

He ranks first in the NCAA in both total touchdowns and QBR. He also ranks 29th and 30th in total yards and fewest interceptions thrown this season, respectively.

He threw for six touchdowns in their last game at Michigan State. He finished with a completion percentage of 80.8 percent with 361 yard through the air and a QBR of 98.0.

There is no true leader on this Iowa team which will hurt them the most against a talented Ohio State team that believes they are destined for the College Football Playoff.

Spencer Petras is the quarterback of this team, but he has struggled to find his rhythm this season. He is only completing 54 percent of his passes and has three interceptions and two touchdowns.

Lesh Williams and Kaleb Johnson have split time as the running backs for the Hawkeyes, as each player has just over 230 yards on the season. Williams has two touchdowns, and Johnson has three.

Prediction

Coming into this game fully rested, Ohio State will win this game, and everyone knows that. The only question is how many points they will win by. Nonetheless, I think the Hawkeyes will cover the spread because they have not lost by this much all season, including their thirteen-point loss to Michigan a few weeks ago.

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