No.15 Iowa Hawkeyes A Road Favorite Over Michigan Wolverines
October 15th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

A Big 10 battle between the Iowa Hawkeyes (4-1) and the Michigan Wolverines (5-1) takes place on Saturday afternoon, with several implications on the line.  For the Wolverines, they come off of their first loss of the season, at the Hands of Michigan State last week.  For the Hawkeyes, their lone loss came to Arizona outside of the conference, but a loss to the Wolverines would be in-conference, while at the same time dropping the tie-breaker.

It will be a match up between one of the best defenses statistically in the nation, against on of the most dynamic offensive players in the nation.

Iowa ranks first in defensive scoring, allowing only 10.3 points per game, while Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns.

“You may think he’s going to run it, and all of a sudden he pulls up and throws it down the field,” remarked Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. “If you wait for him to get across the line, he’s not easy to catch. So he’s got great speed, and he’s proven to be very durable as well. It just puts a lot of pressure on you.”

Of the five games Iowa has played however, they have limited four of their opponents to seven points or fewer.

“Their front four is as good as anybody’s in the country,” remarked Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez. “They’re so good up front that they can get pressure with a four-man front. They can stop the run with their four-man front and playing their base defense against just about anybody. They don’t stay blocked.

“They’re a team that, you know, you may put a hat on a hat, but that hat on a hat doesn’t stay there very long becausethey get off blocked.”

In last week’s loss to the Spartans, Robinson was kept in check for his lowest total on the ground, rushing for 86 yards.    He also threw three interceptions.

“We had a few dropped passes and Denard had a few missed reads. And those are the type of things if you do that in a tight ball game against a good opponent, they’ll come back to get you,” Rodriguez stated.

A reporter ask Ferentz if they used a player to simulate Robinson, or if they had someone on the roster to do so.

“If we had someone like that we’d probably be running that same offense,” Ferentz said.

The defense has done just fine so far though.

Game Line-

USA Online Sportsbooks and College Football Betting Odds have set the Hawkeyes as a 3.5-point favorite, with the over/under sitting at 54 points.

ATS Betting Trends-

Iowa is 12-2 ATS in the last 14 games on the road.  The Hawkeyes 13-4 ATS in the last 17 against a team with a winning record.  The underdog is 8-1 ATS in the last nine game.

Over/Under Betting Trends-

The under is 23-7-1 in Iowa’s last 31 road games.

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