Homecoming was a bitter disappointment for the Hawkeye faithful who made the trip to Iowa City last week as they witnessed a stunning 22-17 home loss to Northwestern as 9.5 point favorites per the closing NCAA odds. Northwest of Iowa, Sparty is off to their usual hot start and have won their last four games by double digits after a season opening loss at California.
Four years ago, Kirk Ferentz was considered one of the top head coaches in college football, but after three straight mediocre seasons, there are grumblings in Hawkeye Nation. Their defense has been very good this year, giving up an average of just 10.2 PPG.
A sputtering offense however has hurt the team, but that combination has been fantastic for bettors who wager on college football ‘unders’ as all four Hawkeye games have went below the posted ‘total’ this year. Last week, RB Shonn Greene tried to carry the team to a win with 159 yards rushing and one touchdown but his effort went for not in the loss.
The Hawkeyes are 2-0 SU and ATS per the NCAA line against the Spartans since 2004. Michigan State comes into its homecoming game with a NCAA gambling record of 2-1 ATS as a home favorite to date.
Last week against the Hoosiers, standout RB Javon Ringer almost broke 200 yards rushing for the second consecutive week after galloping for 198 yards and a touchdown on 44 carries. QB Brian Hoyer also had a solid game for the Spartans, going 14-of-26 for 261 yards with three total touchdowns.
This season, all three of the Spartans’ home games have gone under the ‘total’ according to the closing college football betting odds. NCAA football wagering lines currently find the Spartans sitting as nine-point home favorites in this game.
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