Illinois at Iowa Betting Preview

Published on 11/15/2021
By Zachary Cohen
Iowa running back Tyler Goodson
Iowa running back Tyler Goodson is having a stellar season.
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Three things you should know before betting on Illinois-Iowa: 

1. Last year, Iowa earned a 35-21 win as a 13.5-point road favorite when the team faced Illinois. That was a dominant performance from Kirk Ferentz's defense, as the group allowed only 184 yards of total offense. The Hawkeyes have now won and covered in four of their last five games against the Fighting Illini, and they have also won the last seven games between these two straight-up. 

2. Since Ferentz became the head coach of Iowa, the Hawkeyes are 13-3 straight-up and 11-4-1 against the spread in homes games with a total of 42 or less — Illinois is 0-4 against the spread in games with a total of 42 or less over the last three seasons. Iowa is also 3-0 both straight-up and against the spread when coming off back-to-back Big Ten wins by 7 or fewer points in that time. After two close ones in a row, Ferentz will look to have his team ready to make a statement against the Fighting Illini. 

3. This season, the Under is 8-1 in all of Illinois' games and it's also 7-3 over the course of Iowa's schedule. Both of these teams are used to playing low-scoring games, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the total in this one is so low (38). Over the last three years, the Under is 6-1 when the Hawkeyes have played as a home favorite of 10.5 to 21 points. It's also 11-4 in that time when Iowa is coming off a home game. 

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