Minnesota at Iowa Betting Preview

Published on 11/08/2021
By Zachary Cohen
Iowa running back Tyler Goodson
Iowa running back Tyler Goodson needs to show up in the Big Ten Championship.
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Three things you should know before betting on Minnesota-Iowa: 

1. Minnesota is coming off of a rough loss to the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Golden Gophers were 14.5-point home favorites in that game, so it's definitely a loss that will sting — especially considering the battle for the top spot in the Big Ten West is insanely tight right now. Minnesota now heads to Kinnick Stadium searching for its first win in that building this century. That's right: Minnesota is 0-9 straight-up and 3-6 against the spread at Iowa over the past 20 years. 

2. Since the start of the 2016 season, the Hawkeyes are 10-1 straight-up and 9-2 against the spread when favored at home by 10 points or fewer. Meanwhile, the Golden Gophers are 0-5 straight-up and 0-4-1 against the spread when playing as road underdogs of 3.5 to 7 points under P.J. Fleck, who inked a contract extension with Minnesota earlier this week. 

3. In the last five meetings between Minnesota and Iowa, the Under has hit in four games. The average points scored in those four outings was 33.0 points per game. The 2018 game in which these two combined to score 79 points sticks out like sore thumb. The Under is 10-2 in Iowa home games against Big Ten opponents since the start of 2019, and it's also 7-2 in all of Iowa's games this season. 

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