The Iowa Hawkeyes are the most successful college football outfit in the state of Iowa. Overall, they are ranked 25th in the nation based on appearances in the AP poll since they began in the 1930s. Furthermore, the Hawkeyes have been part of the Big Ten Conference since they made their debut in 1899 (the league was then known as the Western Conference or the Big Nine).
This guide to betting on the Iowa Hawkeyes begins with a look at the history of the college team, and some key highlights. Next, the range of bets you’ll be able to place on the next Hawkeyes’ games are detailed, before explaining exactly how you’ll be able to place those bets in Iowa.
In the hundred-plus year history of the Iowa Hawkeyes, the team has finished in the top 25 of the season-ending AP poll on 23 occasions. The first of these seasons occurred in 1939, a season made notable by the fact that halfback Nile Kinnick would win the Heisman Trophy. He was the only player in Hawkeye history to achieve that feat. Sadly, Kinnick would die at the age of 24 during a training flight as part of the US navy in World War II. The University of Iowa would rename its home “Kinnick Stadium” in 1972, a name that remains to this day.
Perhaps the most successful era for the Hawkeyes came in the 1950s, when the team would appear in the top 10 five times. This included a run between 1956 and 1958 when the team would only lose three games and record year-end rankings of third, sixth and second, respectively. The ’80s were also a successful decade for the team, with season-end rankings in the top 20 six times (with a single top 10 appearance).
Recent years have been leaner. However, a national ranking of ninth was achieved in 2015, and 2018 saw a return to the top 25 (exactly 25th).
Officially ranked second in the country before the bowl games by the AP poll, the Hawkeyes dominated the Rose Bowl and were named the No. 1 team in the country in the only poll taken after the games (the Football Writers Poll).
Iowa had risen to the No. 1 ranking during the season and faced off against No. 2 Michigan. Trailing by 1 point with seconds to go, a field goal from Rob Houghtlin sealed a famous victory as time ran out.
Michigan came into the game ranked No. 2 in the country, facing the struggling 5-4 Hawkeyes. Trailing 10-0 in the second quarter, things again looked bleak for the Hawkeyes. However, a rally in the game and another late field goal would see the Hawkeyes cause the upset.
You’ll be able to place a wager during any game in the Hawkeyes’ season. Here are some of the most popular betting options:
Point Spread — The sportsbook will give added points to the underdog’s total to ensure the point spread is a true 50/50 balance. Betting on a team to “beat the spread” is one of the most popular wagers in football.
Money Line — This is a straightforward wager on which team will win the game. The more favored a team is, the lower odds you’ll receive. This can be a good wager if you fancy an underdog to pull off a shock, as the odds can be impressive.
Totals — Here you’ll predict whether the total points scored in the game will be over or under a given total. This can be a good market if you feel either offenses or defenses will be on top.
The above markets will be available at all sportsbooks. However, some will also offer additional markets such as halftime betting, quarter betting and specific margins of victory.
Virtually all of Iowa’s 18 brick-and-mortar casinos now offer sportsbook facilities. You’ll be able to bet on a huge range of pro and college sports — with betting in no way limited to local teams.
There are also apps and websites available for mobile sports betting. These are partnerships between the license holding casinos and big national/international sports betting brands. Examples include William Hill, which has partnered with five retail sportsbooks.
You can use these apps as long as you are within state lines and 21 or older. In addition to the regular wagers listed above, there are many props, period bets and parlays/teasers available. Some apps also offer bets while the matches are already underway.
Sportsbooks that are already live or can be expected to feature in Iowa include William Hill, DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel, PointsBet, BetMGM, FOX Bet, Bet365, 888, BetAmerica and Caesars Sportsbook.