Iowa vs. Middle Tennessee St. Betting Odds & Picks: Can Blue Raiders Hang at Kinnick?

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Reese Strickland, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Brandon Smith

Iowa vs. Middle Tennessee State Betting Odds

  • Iowa Spread: -23.5
  • Middle Tennessee State Spread: +23.5
  • Iowa Moneyline: -2200
  • Middle Tennessee State Moneyline: +1100
  • Over/Under: 52
  • Time: 12 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Location: Iowa City, Ia.

Odds as of Friday and via PointsBet, where Action Network users get an exclusive 200% deposit match (deposit $50, bet with $150).

This is not a great spot for Iowa, as the Hawkeyes travel to Ann Arbor for a Big Ten showdown with Michigan in Week 6. Considering Middle Tennessee State has already played the Wolverines, I don’t expect Iowa to show much of their playbook against the Blue Raiders.

Middle Tennessee shouldn’t be overwhelmed by the crowd in Kinnick after taking on the Wolverines at The Big House.The Blue Raiders have been able to accumulate yards on the ground, ranking 6th in line yards and first in the nation in power success rate. Quarterback Asher O’Hare has accounted for 80% of MTSU’s offense, including half of the Blue Raiders’ rushing attempts.

Iowa has a tremendous defensive line led by A.J. Epenesa, but Middle Tennessee should hold its own with an offense that is top 25 in yards per play. On the flip side, Middle Tennessee State has experienced defensive backs who have allowed just 22 passes over 10 yards. That plays well with a huge point spread.

Iowa is fourth in the nation in time of possession, averaging 36 minutes per game. The Hawkeyes are 116th in offensive plays longer than 10 yards, which should make a point spread north of three touchdowns tough to cover.

Pick: Middle Tennessee State +23.5

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