The Badgers are playing on Saturday, which once again means that we have weird Iowa-Wisconsin betting odds.
Last week, Wisconsin favored on the road against Purdue, who was coming off of a drubbing of Iowa in Iowa City. The Badgers one that game, and fairly convincingly as well, while Iowa is still licking their wounds after having their chances of reaching the college football playoff blown up by the Boilermakers.
Iowa still have a puncher’s chance, however, mainly because they still can control their own destiny in the Big Ten West. Beat Wisconsin, and they’ll be tied for first with Minnesota — who they face in two weeks — while landing a crucial tie-breaking win.
At the same, Wisconsin looks like they have started to work out some of their issues on the offensive end of the floor. They were able to move the ball against Purdue, and that defense held an explosive Boilermaker attack to just 13 points.
Longtime college sports writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 and The Field of 12 Network is here to break down the tantalizing matchup and provide the Iowa-Wisconsin betting odds for Week 9 of the college football season.
Until then, as a NCAA fan, you can check NFL betting odds and get ready to place a bet at BetRivers.
WEEK 9 BETTING ODDS: WEEKEND GUIDE
IOWA-WISCONSIN BETTING ODDS:
No. 10 IOWA (6-1) at WISCONSIN (4-3)
GAME: 12:00 p.m. ET (BTN)
MONEYLINE: Wisconsin (-175), Iowa (+140)
SPREAD: Wisconsin (-3.5)
Big Ten football has a certain reputation.
Physical. Ugly. Low-scoring. Field position. Offensive line play. Three yards and a cloud of snow.
Those cliches aren’t always true.
When Iowa faces off with Wisconsin, those cliches will 100 percent be true.
This matchup is going to be ugly Big Ten football at its best. For starters, that’s precisely the way that Iowa wants to play. Their defense is a juggernaut. Their offense is … stagnant? Slow? Uninspiring? They can make some things happen on the ground, but trusting Spencer Petras to do anything other than bail you out against a Penn State team that lost everything that made them matter is a bit much.
The same can be said about Wisconsin, almost to a T. Their defense is really good. Their quarterback is … a quarterback on the roster. They can run the ball pretty well. They rely on forcing turnovers, winning the field position battle and leveraging field goals out of nothing to be able to win.
So here’s the way I’m attacking this game: I’ll be on the under (this screams a 16-13 finish to me) and I’ll be on Iowa, simply because I’ll take the points in a matchup where I expect field goals to be the main way that the two teams scores.