Iowa Hawkeyes vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 09/24/2022

by Rod Pearson

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Saturday, September 24, 2022
Venue:  SHI Stadium, Piscataway, NJ
Where to Watch:  Fox Sports 1

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Iowa -7.5, Rutgers +7.5; Over/Under:  34.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Iowa -7.5, Rutgers +7.5; Over/Under:  34.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Iowa -7.5, Rutgers +7.5; Over/Under:  34.5 points
 

Season Record

Iowa Hawkeyes:  2-1 (5th place, Big Ten West)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights:  3-0 (6th place, Big Ten East)
 
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Iowa Hawkeyes:  won their last game at home against the Nevada Wolf Pack 27-0
Rutgers Scarlet Knights:  won their last game on the road against the Temple Owls 16-14.

 

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Preview and Analysis

 
Iowa is entering this game with a 2-1 record overall to start their college football season and they will be playing their 1st road game of the season here. This will also be their 1st conference game of the college football season this year. They won against the Nevada Wolf Pack in their last game at home 27-0. Spencer Petras started that game at QB and he completed 14/26 passes for 175 yards and 1 touchdown. Kaleb Johnson led the team in rushing with 103 yards and 2 TDs on 7 rushing attempts. Nico Ragaini led the team in receiving with 56 yards on 2 receptions. Quinn Schulte led the defense in that game with 4 solo tackles and 2 assisted tackles. Lukas Van Ness led the defense in sacks with 1.5 while Cooper DeJean came away with the only interception for them in that one.
 
 
 
Rutgers is entering this game with a 3-0 record overall to start their college football season and they will be playing their 2nd home game of the season as they are 1-0 in their home games this year. This will also be the 1st conference matchup on their conference schedule this season. They won against the Temple Owls in their last game on the road 16-14. Evan Simon started that game at QB and he completed 9/15 passes for 52 yards. Johnny Langan led the team in rushing with 79 yards on 9 carries. Aron Cruickshank led the team in receiving with 18 yards on 5 receptions. Aaron Lewis led the defense in that game with 5 solo tackles and 6 assisted tackles. No one on the defense recorded a sack for them or came away with an interception in that one.

 

Iowa vs Rutgers Prediction

The current betting odds have Rutgers listed as a 7.5 point underdog in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Rutgers has been playing well in their first 3 games of the season. Greg Schiano has really improved on this program in the short time he has been there and the results are starting to show on the field. Their offense is not great but they do move the ball in their games and their defense is what really keeps them in with a chance to win. Iowa is very similar as they have one of the best defenses in the Big Ten this year but their offense has been terrible as they have struggled to score points on offense or even move the ball up the field. Rutgers has a much better offense here, they will struggle to move the ball as this defense is very good but this is a game where the defense will have to score some points or the offense has to get moving as Rutgers will eventually move the ball downfield and find ways to score here. This is likely going to be a very low scoring game where both defense shine, but there will not be enough offense or scoring from Iowa to cover the spread in this game. Rutgers could even pull off an upset being at home here. The best way to place a bet here is on Rutgers to cover the spread in this game.
 
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NCAAF Betting Trends

 
Iowa Hawkeyes: 13-6 ATS in a road game where the total is 42 or less. 15-8 ATS off 3 or more consecutive unders. 16-9 UNDER in all games.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights: 1-6 ATS as a home underdog. 10-17 ATS after a win by 3 or less points. 20-13 UNDER off a road win.
 

Key Injuries

 
Iowa Hawkeyes:  J. Harris (DB) out for season - Undisclosed. D. Vines (WR) Late Oct - Wrist. J. Ritter (WR) out for season - Undisclosed.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights:  N. Vedral (QB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed. M. Toure (DL) out for season - Knee. M. Walker (LB) out for season - Knee.
 

Notable Quotes

 
"Three rain delays and seven hours, and we found a way to win the game." - Kirk Ferentz after his team’s win against Nevada in their last game.
 
 
"We're in the middle of building something special. I'm excited about those guys being a part of it with me. And I have the utmost respect for Coach Burns, who was a gentleman, and I learned a lot from him for sure." - Greg Schiano after his team’s win against Temple in their last game.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Iowa Hawkeyes
WR Brecht, Brody
WR Bruce IV, Arland 
TE LaPorta, Sam
QB Petras, Spencer
RB Williams, Gavin
FB Pottebaum, Monte 
 
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
WR Jones, Shameen 
WR Cruickshank, Aron
WR Youngblood, Joshua 
TE Langan, Johnny
QB Vedral, Noah
RB Young, Aaron 
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Iowa Hawkeyes
Passing: S. Petras (376)
Rushing: K. Johnson (116)
Receiving: A. Bruce IV (127)
Touchdowns: K. Johnson (2)
 
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Passing: E. Simon (271)
Rushing: K. Monangai (146)
Receiving: A. Cruickshank (101)
Touchdowns: K. Monangai (2) 
 
Coaches:
Iowa Hawkeyes: Kirk Ferentz (24th season)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights: Greg Schiano (3rd season, 14th season non-consecutive)


Rod Pearson

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Rod Pearson has been a rabid sports fan his entire life.  He grew up in Ontario, and was skilled in both hockey and baseball, and pitched in an elite baseball league for many years.  In 2022, Rod decided to hang up his glove, so that he could write about the sports he loves -- but from a gambling perspective.  Join Rod every day as he breaks down the games to find the best betting value.

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