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To beat the NCAA football odds, you have to put a heck of a lot of work into your craft. Our college football expert handicappers have done just that here at Cappers Info, and we think that we have the winning edge for the clash between the Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes.
Free Football Picks: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Saturday, October 19th, 3:30 ET
Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Week 8 Betting Odds: Ohio State -16.5 (Off)
Iowa vs. Ohio State Live TV Coverage: ABC or ESPN2
This game sort of strikes us a little bit like last week’s Red River Rivalry. We said last week that Texas was going to win that game against Oklahoma, and that was exactly what happened. We’re not saying that Iowa is winning this game outright, but this is the same sort of game. This Iowa team, just like that Texas outfit, is a very underrated team. The defense is very good for the Hawkeyes, and there is a reason that they haven’t posted a horrid loss on the year. Those defeats against the Michigan State Spartans and Northern Illinois Huskies both came against two of the best 25 teams in America as we see it, and both games were close. This is obviously the toughest of all of those tasks, but it isn’t an impossible one, especially when you’ve got 16.5 points on your side.
The Buckeyes are great, and we know it. QB Braxton Miller is back, as is RB Carlos Hyde, and this offense is one of the best in the Big Ten. That said, statistically, this team is overrated thanks to the fact that some of the defenses that it has played have been brutally overrated. The defense is every bit legit enough to keep the Hawkeyes totally scoreless in this game, but we don’t think that’s going to happen. Iowa has an offense that we think is only a step behind that of Wisconsin, and if that turns out to be the case, expect to see 17 put on the board or so by the visitors. If the Hawkeyes can get to 17, we think that their defense is going to be able to do enough to hang inside this number. Iowa has always been a thorn in Ohio State’s side, and Saturday isn’t going to be an exception to that rule.
Iowa vs. Ohio State Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes +16.5
Iowa @ Ohio State Score Prediction: Ohio State 24 – Iowa 17