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College Football Odds: No. 7 Iowa at Michigan State

Iowa Hawkeyes have won 7 straight games, but are the underdogs in this one against Michigan State. (AP Images)"]

The Iowa Hawkeyes probably are the most surprising resident of the current top 10 as they look to do something Saturday at Michigan State that they have never done: start 8-0. But the Hawkeyes are underdogs on Bodog’s college football odds at +1.

East Lansing has been a tough place for Iowa, as it hasn’t won there since 1995, including a 16-13 defeat last year. But the Hawkeyes own the nation’s second-longest current winning streak at 11 games. But is Iowa overrated? Certainly the college football odds for Saturday’s game seem to indicate that. The Hawkeyes have won three games by three points or less, all at home, and two of those were to Northern Iowa and Arkansas State. In fairness, Iowa also did blank Wisconsin and Penn State on the road in the second half of both games to rally for wins. The Hawkeyes’ defense relies on forcing turnovers, which it has done 22 times – including a national-high 15 picks. The offense is rather conservative, ranking ninth in the Big Ten.

Michigan State has won three games in a row and has the passing offense is the best in the Big Ten, averaging 280.4 yards per game. Kirk Cousins leads the conference in passing efficiency, but he has been prone to interceptions, which Iowa obviously thrives on. If the game comes down to a battle of kickers, MSU has one of the nation’s best in Brett Swenson, who is one made field goal from setting a career school record. Definitely consider then when doing your football betting.

Saturday’s game is just the eighth at night in the 86-year history of Spartan Stadium (MSU is 4-3 in the previous seven). The Spartans have won just one of their past 13 against teams ranked in the AP poll, although that one came this year against Michigan. But since 1998, Sparty is 5-2 against top-10 teams at Spartan Stadium.

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