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College Football Betting Preview: Western Michigan Broncos vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

September 16, 2023

The Western Michigan Broncos (1-1) and 25th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0) will battle it out in a fierce showdown in Iowa. Can the Hawkeyes dominate enough to cover?

  • Date: September 16, 2023 at 3:30 PM ET

  • Location: Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa

  • Coverage: BTN

Western Michigan Broncos Betting Preview

The Broncos are coming off of a 48-7 blowout loss to the Syracuse Orange. The first quarter ended 17-7, then it went all downhill from there.

In their first two matchups of the season, they have consistently generated 413.5 total yards, with 218 credited to their rushing game. Conversely, their opponents have managed 388.5 yards, primarily through passing, averaging 286.5 yards. Their defensive performance needs enhancement.

They have been averaging 21 points per game but allowing 32.5, resulting in a negative margin. Improving this would be significant for their prospects.

The Broncos secured third place in the MAC West with a 5-7 record last season. They have a promising opportunity this year but must find ways to sustain their success.

Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Preview

The Hawkeyes have won two straight and have entered the national rankings. They recently defeated the Iowa State Cyclones 20-13 and had a big lead to start the second half.

Together, they have compiled a solid total of 259.5 yards per game, with 159.5 coming from their passing game, while their adversaries have notched up 309.5 yards, primarily via passing plays, accounting for 208 yards. These are lower averages, but they have arguably played tougher teams so far.

In terms of scoring, they maintain an average of 22 points per game, while their opponents lag behind at 13.5 points per game. These statistics underscore a well-rounded approach on both sides of the field.

Last year, the Hawkeyes made a notable mark in the Big 10 West with an 8-5 finish. This presents a valuable opportunity for them to secure a victory against a formidable opponent and put their defensive prowess to the test.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

In the latest odds update from MyBookie, the Iowa Hawkeyes find themselves in a standout position, with a slight advantage when it comes to covering in the game. Market analysis suggests a robust 94.2 percent probability of their victory.

  • Western Michigan Broncos+28.5 (-110)

  • Iowa Hawkeyes -28.5 (-110)

The Hawkeyes have played tougher matchups in comparison to the Broncos. They are also balanced on both sides of the ball, so they have not had a chance to shine offensively yet. This could be their breakout game when they win by a large margin, as they almost had it against the Cyclones when they were up 20-3 to start the fourth quarter. 

Spooky Express Pick: Take the Iowa Hawkeyes -28.5 (-110)