Big Ten West Odds: Iowa Hosts Illinois, Looks For Help To Reach Division Crown

Written By Russ Mitchell on November 19, 2021

Tickets are available, highs should be around 52 and the Hawkeyes are favored as they face Illinois in a key Big Ten West game Saturday.

It adds up for a great weekend to bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes, wave to the kids at Stead Family Children’s Hospital and salute the seniors one last time.

Iowa still has a shot to claim the Big Ten West crown, but they’ll need help from a frenemy or two.

Wisconsin needs to stumble either at home against Nebraska this weekend or at Minnesota on Nov. 27. One Wisconsin loss and two Iowa wins would send the Hawkeyes to Indianapolis on Dec. 4 for a shot at the Rose Bowl. The key Big Ten West games this weekend overlap a bit.

“November Big Ten games are going to go down to the wire,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz told reporters at his weekly press conference. “You’ve got to expect that each and every week.”

Big Ten West odds

DraftKings Sportsbook IA favors the Hawkeyes on Saturday and set an early line on Iowa’s Black Friday Heroes Game at Nebraska as well. As of Friday, the Heroes Game odds are considered a pick ’em.

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How to watch Illinois at Iowa in the Big Ten West

  • What: Illinois (4-6, 3-4 Big Ten) at Iowa (8-2, 5-2)
  • When1 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City
  • TV: FS1

Homestretch in the Big Ten West

TeamConference RecordNov. 20Nov. 27
(unless noted)
No. 15 Wisconsin5-2Nebraska
2:30 p.m. ABC
at Minnesota
No. 17 Iowa5-2Illinois
1 p.m. FS1
at Nebraska (11/26)
12:30 p.m. BTN
Minnesota4-3at Indiana
2:30 p.m. BTN
Wisconsin
Purdue4-3vs. Northwestern at Wrigley Field
11 a.m. BTN
Indiana
Illinois3-4at Iowa
1 p.m. FS1
Northwestern
Nebraska1-6at Wisconsin
2:30 p.m. ABC
Iowa (11/26)
12:30 p.m. BTN
Northwestern1-6Purdue at Wrigley Field
11 a.m. BTN
at Illinois

Iowa Hawkeyes Bowl projections

Iowa seems to have moved up the Big Ten ladder with its win over Minnesota, according to the latest PlayIA bowl projections survey. It’s New Year’s Day in Florida across the board. Iowa has a 3-3 record in six trips to Outback Bowl under Ferentz.

The Hawkeyes made a memorable 2004 Citrus Bowl appearance with a 30-25 win over Nick Saban’s LSU Tigers. QB Drew Tate connected with WR Warren Holloway on a 56-yard touchdown pass in the game as time expired. There’s a decent chance the Iowa State Cyclones also receive an invite to Orlando for the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29.

Outback Bowl (Jan. 1 in Tampa)

  • Mark Schlabach at ESPN — vs. Kentucky
  • College Football News — vs. Mississippi State
  • Erick Smith at USA Today — vs. Kentucky
  • Brad Crawford at 247Sports — vs. Texas A&M
  • Bill Bender at Sporting News — vs. Kentucky

Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1 in Orlando)

  • Stewart Mandel at The Athletic — vs. Kentucky
  • Kyle Bonagura at ESPN — vs. Texas A&M
  • Jerry Palm at CBS — vs. Texas A&M
  • Steven Lassan at Athlon Sports — vs. Texas A&M
Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast / AP Photo
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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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