NCAA Football: Iowa vs Indiana Recap

by Wayne Root

Last week Indiana played Iowa. We had the Hawkeyes winning in a blowout. Our question is not if that was a great pick but is Iowa everything we might think they are after crushing Indiana 34-6.

As a reminder, Indiana came into this contest ranked #17 while Iowa clocked in at #18. Because of home field, the oddsmakers made Iowa a -3.5 to -4 home favorite. 

Here’s the question: Did something happen in this utter destruction of Iowa over Indiana to count on moving forward? Especially to week 2 when Iowa face Iowa St. 

The Hawkeyes scored twice in the first 2:15 of the contest off a 56-yard touchdown run from Tyler Goodson and a 30-yard interception return from Riley Moss to put them up 14-0 almost instantly. Iowa found the end zone twice more in the second quarter, too, and took a 31-3 lead at the break. 

This seems like bad breaks in the very first two minutes completely dictated the outcome. Let’s look into their basic numbers of the game. 

1. Iowa had just 18 first downs. 

2. Iowa made but 4 of 12 third down conversions. 

3. Iowa only passed for 145 yards

4. Iowa had a total of 158 rushing yards but 56 yards were when the game was 1.5 minutes old. (102later)

5. Then the clincher was 50 seconds later, Iowa completed the pik-6 to go up 14-0; game over. 

Lastly, they were sacked twice and fumbled two times. They managed to score just 3 points in the second half. 

As a result, this is where it gets tricky. Week 2 has Iowa moving up 8 spots in the Top 25 going from #18 to #10. The entire team, players, fans and students get to strut around all week as a Top 10 team. 

They hit the road this week as a + 6.5 underdog at Iowa St; their bitter rival. This is the widest spread in over 17 years. To me, it looks like an oddsmakers trap. They are offering Iowa PLUS SIX AND A HALF POINTS and it will become the most public bet this Saturday as of now. 

My point is to NOT blindly jump on a team based on #18 defeating #17 the prior week. If you can’t check the stats of the previous game, then that’s why you have sports handicapping professionals do it for you. 

As of this writing, I have only offered my Tuesday thoughts. Come back later in the week for any play I may make on this games and others exactly like it. Good Luck to your football betting season.

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