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Big Ten Championship College Football Betting Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines

December 2, 2023


The Big Ten Championship game will be played on Saturday night when the Michigan Wolverines play the Iowa Hawkeyes in Indianapolis, Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 8:00 PM ET, and the game will air on Fox.

It’s simple for the Michigan Wolverines, win the Big Ten Championship game for the 3rd time in a row and they are in the college football playoffs for the 3rd consecutive season as they enter this game undefeated with a record of 12-0 and are ranked 2nd in the College Football Playoff Rankings. The Wolverines won for the 3rd year in a row, something they haven’t done since the mid-1990s, against the Ohio State Buckeyes at home by a score of 30-24. The Wolverines have had one of the highest-scoring offenses but have also had the best-scoring defense this season as they enter this game averaging 37.58 points per game which ranks 13th in college football while allowing an average of 10.25 points per game. The rushing offense for the Wolverines has been one of the main reasons for the success the offense has had this season as Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards have combined for 1,330 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. 

Despite having a lot of key injuries this season, the Iowa Hawkeyes have had one of their best seasons in recent memory as they enter this game with a record of 10-2 which led to a Big Ten West division championship and their 2nd appearance in the last three seasons in the Big Ten Championship game. The offense has been underwhelming this season as they have only averaged 18 points per game which is the 10th fewest points per game in college football, however, their success can be attributed to their defense which is allowing the 4th fewest points per game in college football with an average of 12.17 points per game. The Hawkeyes will be looking to extend their winning streak to five games with a win in the Big Ten Championship game against the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday night.

BookMaker has the Michigan Wolverines listed as 23-point favorites against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday night. The teams are 5-5 in the last ten meetings while Michigan has won the previous three matchups. The Wolverines are 7-3 ATS in the last ten and have covered the spread in three straight games in the series. The Michigan Wolverines are 6-5-1 ATS overall, 6-5-1 ATS as a favorite, and 6-2-1 ATS in conference games this season while the Iowa Hawkeyes are 6-5-1 ATS overall, 2-1 ATS as an underdog, and 4-4-1 ATS in conference games on the year.

Michigan is the better team this season as they have been one of the highest-scoring teams while also featuring the best-scoring defense in college football Iowa has a top-scoring defense, however, the Hawkeyes have been one of the worst-scoring teams. The Wolverines have been the better team at covering the spread in the series as they are 7-3 ATS in the last ten and have covered the spread in three straight games against the Hawkeyes. Lay the points with the Michigan Wolverines when they play the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Big Ten Championship on Saturday night.

Spooky Express Pick: Michigan Wolverines -23