NCAA football wagering fans will have their choice of two of the top teams that should challenge Ohio State for the Big Ten title this college football betting online season.
Kickoff from Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City is set for 8:05 PM Eastern and Sports-Gambling has opened with the Iowa Hawkeyes as a 7.5 point home favorite over the Penn State Nittany Lions.
The Penn State Nittany Lions have a record of 3-1 straight up and 1-3 with the NCAA odds. The Nits have gone under the total in 3 out of their 4 games this season. Last week Penn State scored a hard fought 22-13 win over Temple as 13.5 point home favorites.
As has always been the case the Penn State tradition under head coach Joe Paterno is being maintained this year with a defense that is ranked 9th in the nation for points allowed. The offense is struggling and is ranked 76th for points scored.
Incredibly enough Paterno decided to start a freshman this year at quarterback and Robert Bolden is going through on the job training. He has completed 60% of his passes for 823 yards with a 3/5 touchdown to interception ratio. Evan Royster has provided much needed relief with a 5.2 yards per carry average.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have a record of 3-1 straight up and 2-2 with the NCAA football odds. Iowa rebounded last week with a 45-0 win over Ball State as 27.5 point home favorites after losing a tough 34-27 decision the week before at Arizona. The Hawkeyes defense is one of the best as it ranks 1st for yards allowed and 5th for points permitted.
It is not the type of defense that you want to throw a freshman up against, especially at the hostile environment of Kinnick Stadium. Quarterback Richard Stanzi leads the Iowa offense and is off to the best start of his career. The senior has completed 67% of his passes for 999 yards and a 9/1 TD/INT ratio.