Iowa At Northwestern Odds: Hawkeyes Are Favored, But Should Fans Bet The Under?

Written By Russ Mitchell on November 5, 2021 - Last Updated on July 22, 2022
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After just two touchdowns in two games, fans looking for Iowa Hawkeyes odds hope they don’t feel the need to bet the under for Saturday’s Iowa at Northwestern game.

In its last two games, Iowa’s scoring drought led to a 24-7 loss vs. Purdue and a 27-7 loss at Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes have tumbled from No. 2 in the AP college football poll to No. 22 in the inaugural College Football Playoff Selection Committee poll.

Coach Kirk Ferentz’s team would likely need to climb back into the top 10 for major bowl consideration. Some fans have called for a shake-up on offense after back-to-back losses, but Ferentz told reporters that isn’t realistic.

“You can’t change your system wholesale in-season. That would be really counterproductive, and you can’t go out and get mercenary players, either. That’s not part of the deal in college football. You try to forge ahead.”

How to watch Iowa at Northwestern

  • What: Iowa (6-2, 3-2 in the Big Ten) at Northwestern (1-4, 3-5)
  • When6 a.m. Saturday
  • Where: Ryan Field in Evanston, IL
  • TV: BTN
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Iowa is still in the hunt for a Big Ten West title, but for the first time, they’ll need some help. Wisconsin and Purdue now own the tie-breaker if either team finishes with the same record as Iowa atop the Big Ten standings. Ferentz wants his team to stay focused on Northwestern — not on the division standings.

What Iowa at Northwestern means to the Big Ten race

“If we deserve to be there, we’ll be there, but you’ve got to earn that.”

The visitors are close to 12-point favorites against the Wildcats as of Thursday. Fans will have plenty of time to bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes because of the evening kickoff time.

Iowa vs Northwestern odds

Latest Iowa bowl game 2022 projections

There’s still a month of football left, but two dates stand out in the latest bowl projections.

Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 30)

  • Kyle Bonagura at ESPN — vs. Arizona State
  • Stewart Mandel at The Athletic — vs. UCLA
  • Mark Schlabach at ESPN — vs. Washington State

Music City Bowl (Dec. 30 in Nashville)

  • College Football News — vs. Tennessee
  • Steven Lassan at Athlon Sports — vs. Arkansas
  • Bill Bender at Sporting News — vs. Tennessee

Outback Bowl (Jan. 1 in Orlando)

  • Erick Smith at USA Today — vs. Auburn

Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1 in Orlando)

  • Jerry Palm at CBS — vs. Texas A&M
  • Brad Crawford at 247Sports — vs. Texas A&M

Big Ten odds beyond Iowa at Northwestern

11 a.m. games

  • No. 5 Ohio State at Nebraska (Fox)
  • Illinois at No. 20 Minnesota (ESPN2)

2:30 p.m. games (unless noted)

  • No. 3 Michigan State at Purdue (ABC)
  • No. 21 Wisconsin at Rutgers (BTN)
  • Penn State at Maryland (FS1)

6 p.m. games (unless noted)

  • No. 22 Iowa at Northwestern (BTN)
  • Indiana at No. 7 Michigan (6:30 p.m. Fox)

CFB odds from other top 25 games

11 a.m. games

  • Missouri at No. 1 Georgia (ESPN)
  • No. 9 Wake Forest at North Carolina (ABC)
  • Liberty at No. 16 Ole Miss (SEC Network)
  • No. 25 Pitt at Duke (ACC Network)

2:30 p.m. games (unless noted)

  • Tulsa at No. 6 Cincinnati (ESPN2)
  • Navy at No. 10 Notre Dame (NBC)
  • No. 11 Oklahoma State at West Virginia (ESPN)
  • No. 12 Baylor at TCU (Fox)
  • No. 13 Auburn at No. 14 Texas A&M (CBS)
  • Idaho State at No. 15 BYU (ESPN3)

3. p.m. games

  • No. 17 Mississippi State at Arkansas (SEC Network)
  • No. 19 North Carolina State at Florida State (ACC Network)

6 p.m. games (unless noted)

  • LSU at No. 2 Alabama (ESPN)
  • Tennessee at No. 18 Kentucky (ESPN2)
  • Boise State at No. 23 Fresno State (CBS Sports Network)
  • No. 4 Oregon at Washington (6:30 p.m. ABC)

Late game

  • 10 p.m. — No. 24 San Diego State at Hawaii (FS1)
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Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.

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