The Iowa Hawkeyes (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten) will be trying to pick up their first road win of the season when they face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) on Saturday night. The Hawkeyes are coming off a 27-0 win over Nevada as 24-point favorites. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 16-14 win over Temple as 18-point favorites.
Iowa is 2-0 in two games against Rutgers lifetime.
Hawkeyes Going For Third Win In Four GamesThe Hawkeyes bounced back from their loss to Iowa State with a shutout win over the Wolf Pack. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Scarlet Knights, which will give them their second win in a row and third win in their last four games.
Iowa is averaging just 13.7 points per game through its first three games. They are throwing for 125.3 yards and rushing for 92.3 yards per game.
Spencer Petras completed 54 percent of his passes for 175 yards and one touchdown in the win over Nevada. Kaleb Johnson had seven carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns, while Nico Ragaini had two catches for 56 yards.
Iowa has been dominant defensively, giving up 4.3 points per game. They didn’t give up a point in their last game against Nevada and will need a similar effort if they want to get the win.
Scarlet Knights Going For Fourth Consecutive WinThe Scarlet Knights are off to a good start after winning their first three games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Hawkeyes, which will give them their fourth win in a row and first conference win of the season.
Rutgers is averaging 34.7 points per game through three games. They are throwing for 142 yards and rushing for 227.3 yards per game.
Evan Simon completed 60 percent of his passes for 52 yards in the win over the Owls. Johnny Langan had nine carries for 79 yards, while Shameen Jones had one catch for 18 yards.
Rutgers has played well defensively, giving up 14 points per game. They gave up 14 points in their last game and will need to keep playing well if they want to get their first win over the Hawkeyes.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Hawkeyes aren’t very good offensively, but they haven’t had to do much offensively, thanks to a suffocating defense that is giving up 4.3 points per game. Even though the Scarlet Knights have a dominant ground game, the Hawkeyes have been dominant against the run, holding two of their first three opponents under two yards per carry, so don’t expect Rutgers to gain a lot of yards on the ground in this game. The Hawkeyes have also done a great job against the pass, and they’re ninth in the league when it comes to passing yards allowed. They are 29th in the country in takeaways and 16th in interceptions, so expect them to bottle up Rutger's offense, which struggled to score 16 points against a bad Temple defense, in this game. The Scarlet Knights have also played well defensively, but they struggled against the pass when facing FBS teams. The Hawkeyes' passing game has been improving with each game and will find enough holes in Rutgers’ secondary to score points, so go with the Scarlet Knights to cover the spread.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Hawkeyes are averaging 13.7 points per game through three games. They averaged 22 points per game in two games against the Scarlet Knights. Even though Rutgers is giving up 14 points per game, they are giving up 17.5 points per game against FBS teams and they’ve struggled against the pass, so expect the Hawkeyes to go over their average in this game. The Scarlet Knights are averaging 34.7 points per game, but their average drops to 19 points per game against FBS teams. They will be unable to run the ball against an Iowa team that is giving up less than 50 rushing yards per game, while holding opponents to 4.3 points per game, so don’t expect them to score enough points to push the score over the total. The Hawkeyes and Scarlet Knights played under the total in both of their meetings.