Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Big Ten Rivalry Betting Preview

Posted by: Mike Davis
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

There are a ton of online football betting rivalries to wager on this weekend. Without a doubt, the Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions matchup ranks amongst the best rivalries to bet on this upcoming Saturday. After all, the No. 17 team in the nation is hosting No. 18 in a contest that is bound to have Big Ten implications. So what kind of contest are the sportsbook betting odds predicting for this upcoming contest? Let’s take a gander at the NCAA betting lines to get a better idea.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions – Saturday, October 27th  

When: 3:30 pm ET

Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania


Stream: Watch ESPN

Online Football Betting Odds:

Iowa +5 (-110)   +175
Penn State -5 (-110) -210
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Iowa Hawkeyes   

The Hawkeyes fly into this Big Ten matchup sporting a 6-1 record that places them in the No. 2 spot of the West Division in the Big Ten. So far this season, Iowa has been performing rather well. However, they did fail to rise to the biggest challenge of their schedule so far. Facing No. 18 Wisconsin at home, Iowa failed to defend their stadium and conceded a 28-17 loss to the Badgers. Since they haven’t faced another nationally ranked opponent, it’s safe to say that Iowa failed to prove themselves. Naturally, they’re pegged as the online football betting underdog this Sunday. And since they’re 0-3 in their last 3 run ins with Penn State, it’s easy to see why they’re the betting underdog this weekend. And since Iowa has yet to beat a nationally ranked opponent this season, there’s no reason to side with them on the road this weekend.

Players to Watch: Nate Stanley (1,559 passing yards, 16 TD, 6 INT), Toren Young (403 rushing yards, 2 TD, 4.9 AVG), and TJ Hockenson (424 receiving yards, 3 TD, 25 REC).

Penn State Nittany Lions 

The Nittany Lions pounce into this weekend’s matchup sporting a 5-2 record that ranks them 3rd overall in the Big Ten. Considering that the division is currently led by Michigan, who is undefeated in conference play at 5-0, it’s looking like Penn State’s Big Ten Championship hopes have already gone out the window. Furthermore, since Penn State is 1-2 in their last 3 matchups, they could really use a win over a nationally ranked opponent to get things back on track. Looking over the numbers, it’s clear this won’t be an easy contest for the Lions. Right now Iowa is scoring 30.6 points per game while giving up 14.1. For comparison, the Nittany Lions are scoring 42.6 but are giving up 22.0. With those numbers in mind, it’s clear turnovers will play a vital role this Saturday.

Players to Watch: Trace McSorley (1,461 passing yards, 11 TD, 3 INT), Miles Sanders (722 rushing yards, 8 TD, 6.5 AVG), and KJ Hamler (401 receiving yards, 5 TD, 22 REC).

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Predictions


  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Penn State
  • Iowa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Penn State
  • Iowa is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Penn State
  • Penn State is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games at home
  • Penn State is 13-4-1 ATS in its last 18 games at home
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 8 of Penn State’s last 10 games
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Picks

So which side should mobile betting fans take in this Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions matchup? All in all, Penn State looks like a better pick here. They have a higher scoring percentage and will be playing at home. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction:35-30 Penn State.