The seventh-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to both, avoid a damaging loss while giving their once improbable chances of reaching the College Football Playoff a huge boost when they hit the road to take on the 23rd-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes in an intriguing Week 12 Big Ten battle that looks like a knock-down, drag-out affair just waiting to happen.
With Minnesota looking to stay unbeaten and Iowa looking to get back in the win column after having their modest two-game winning streak snapped last weekend, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their college football odds in this one!
Minnesota vs Iowa 2019 College Football Week 12 Odds, Preview & Pick
- When: Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 4:00 PM ET
- Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
- TV: FOX
- Live Stream: FoxSportsGo
- College Football Week 12 Odds: Iowa -3 / Total: 44.5
Why Bet On Minnesota?
There are a bunch of great reasons to back Minnesota in this week 12 matchup, starting with the fact that the Gophers have answered the bell in every game this season, including their statement-making 31-26 win over previously fourth-ranked Penn State on Saturday. Then, there’s the fact that the Gophers rank a stellar 15t in scoring (37.6 pg) and average 13.5 points per game more than Iowa. Last but not least, Minnesota will be looking for some revenge after dropping the last four meetings against the Hawkeyes including a humbling 48-31 home loss last season.
- Average Score For: 37.56
- Total Yards: 432.89
- Pass Yards: 237.67
- Rush Yards: 195.22
- Average Score Against: 20.67
- Total Yards: 309.78
- Pass Yards: 185.67
- Rush Yards: 124.11
Why Bet On Iowa?
The best reasons to back Iowa in this matchup are the facts that the Hawkeyes are playing at home and have an elite defense that limits the opposition to just 11.7 points per game to rank a stupendous fourth nationally in points allowed. Iowa is also playing at home where they’ve gone 4-1 this season. Iowa has not allowed more than 24 points in any game this season and the Hawkeyes will be motivated after falling to Wisconsin 24-22 last weekend as a 7.5-point home underdog.
- Average Score For: 24.11
- Total Yards: 381.78
- Pass Yards: 242.56
- Rush Yards: 139.22
- Average Score Against: 11.67
- Total Yards: 288.89
- Pass Yards: 176.89
- Rush Yards: 112
College Football Week 12 Betting Trends for Minnesota vs Iowa
- Minnesota is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games
- Minnesota is 10-0 SU in their last 10 games
- The total went OVER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 8 games
- Iowa is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win
- Iowa is 9-3 SU in their last 12 games
- The total went UNDER in 4 of Iowa’s last 5 games
Minnesota vs Iowa Expert Analysis and Prediction
I know Iowa has an elite defense and that the Hawkeyes are playing at home, but if you saw Minnesota last weekend, then you know that the Gophers are definitely legitimate and the better team in this matchup. While the Hawkeyes have one of the best defenses in the nation, Iowa also struggles to score the ball and have not put more than 22 points on the board in each of their last five games.
The Road team in this Big Ten rivalry has gone a near-perfect 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings while Minnesota has gone a pristine 7-0 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. I’m expecting the Hawkeyes to put up a real fight, but in the end, I’m going with Minnesota to win outright and cover the chalk because of their superior offense.
Pick: Minnesota Golden Gophers