NCAA football gambling excitement is high in Iowa as the Hawkeyes are coming off an 11-2 straight up record along with 9 NCAA football wagering payouts last year.
With a favorable schedule and 14 returning starters led by senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi the Hawkeyes will field their best team since the 2002 Orange Bowl squad.
Iowa won the Orange Bowl over ACC champion Georgia Tech last year 24-14 as 6-point dogs and nearly upset Ohio State at the Horseshoe for the Big Ten title in a 24-27 overtime loss as whopping 16.5-point dogs.
This year Iowa gets Ohio State at home on November 20 in a matchup that could be for all the marbles. Iowa also draws fellow top Big Ten contenders Wisconsin and Penn State at home. If there was a year in which the schedule was set up best for a conference title run this would be the year.
Kirk Ferentz enters his 12th season as head coach at Iowa and has got the program back on track after a .500 stretch of mediocrity in 2005-2007.
Ferentz has gone back to the basics in recruiting and it has paid off as Iowa has had back-to-back profitable seasons with the college football odds with particular board value as a team away from their home of Kinnick Stadium as they have scored payouts in 19 out of 30 games as a road dog since 2000 while going 8-2 in neutral site action in that same time span.
All top skill players are back on an offense that is expected to improve from the 23 points per game average of last year. Stanzi will have sophomore running back Adam Robinson, who led the team in rushing last year along with Iowa’s top receiver from 2009, 2nd team All Big Ten Derrell Johnson-Koulianos.
The defense looks to be an even bigger asset with the college football lines as 8 starters return to a unit that allowed 15 points per game. Senior end Adrian Clayborn was 1st Team All Big Ten and is an All America candidate.
Stanzi is 18-4 straight up as a starter and if he can cut down on interceptions Iowa has everything needed to be a NCAA football gambling powerhouse and potential Big Ten champ.