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How and what to watch for Iowa vs. Minnesota

Minnesota and Iowa earned their first victories of the season last week. Who will get win No. 2 on Friday night?

Quarterback Spencer Petras of the Iowa Hawkeyes throws a pass during the first half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Kinnick Stadium on October 31, 2020 in Iowa City, Iowa. Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images

The Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Golden Gophers both won their first game of the season last weekend, and will meet on Friday night in a Big Ten matchup in Minneapolis.

After losing the first two games of the season to Michigan and Maryland, Minnesota beat undermanned Illinois team 41-14 on the road last Saturday. In the win Tanner Morgan completed 17 of 27 passes for 216 yards with a touchdown and interception. He found Rashod Bateman 10 times for 139 yards and a touchdown. Mohamed Ibrahim carried the ball 30 times for 224 yards and four touchdowns.

Iowa dropped its first two games to Purdue and Northwestern before crushing Michigan State 49-7 on Saturday. Spencer Petras completed 15 of 27 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown, and Tyler Goodson led the Hawkeyes on the ground, running the ball 14 times for 113 yards and scored twice. Iowa forced three turnovers in the victory.

Iowa has won the last five games of this series, including last season’s matchup with a 23-19 home win.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Iowa vs. Minnesota on Friday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. ET on FS1, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Iowa (-4) vs. Minnesota
Point Total: 60.5
Money line: Iowa -175 vs. Minnesota +140

  • Iowa is 4-1 against the spread in its last five games.
  • The point total went under in 10 of its last 15 games.
  • Minnesota is 14-4 straight up in its last 18 games.
  • The point total went over in five of Minnesota’s last six games.

Betting splits

Iowa: (41% of handle, 57% percent of bets)
Minnesota: (59% of handle, 43% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Minnesota has looked poor in every game except for when it played a team with a decimated roster. Iowa’s losses have been very close at least and has shown it can blow out lesser teams.

Pick: Iowa -4

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