NCAA football gambling fortunes could change for Sparty this week however as they face their toughest test of the season with the NCAA betting lines.
The #18 Iowa Hawkeyes will host the #5 Michigan State Spartans on Saturday with a scheduled kickoff on ABC set for 3:30 PM Eastern. Iowa opened at Sports-Gambling as a 6.5 point favorite.
Michigan State has a NCAA football betting record of 8-0 straight up and 6-2 against the spread. Michigan State is coming off a near miracle cover last week as they beat Northwestern 35-27 after trailing 17-0. Once again, as was the case with their win over Notre Dame, a fake field goal was key to the Spartan comeback.
Michigan State has shown solid balance this year as they rank 22nd overall for total offense and 18th for points allowed on defense. Kirk Cousins has developed into an ace quarterback with tremendous poise and Edwin Baker has 779 yards rushing.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are coming off a tough 31-30 home loss to Wisconsin due to sloppy play, especially on special teams. Iowa is now 5-2 straight up and 4-3 with the NCAA football odds and should be in an angry and desperate mood for the Spartans as a loss will kill off their Big Ten title hopes.
Iowa’s defense is one of the best in the nation and ranks 11th for points allowed. Senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi has over 1700 yards passing and Adam Robinson has 737 yards rushing.
Iowa was considered the most likely team to upset Ohio State for the Big Ten title and can still win the league but only with a win over Michigan State, who is off to their best start since 1966.
Iowa is a dangerous team when coming off a straight up loss as they have a NCAA football gambling record of 27-11 in that situation. The Hawkeyes are 14-5 against the spread versus teams with a winning record. Michigan State has been a long term over team on the road with just 17 of their last 60 road games going under the number.
Iowa has covered 4 straight games against Michigan State and 4 consecutive matchups at home versus the Spartans.