June 21, 2021
2021 Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview
The Hawkeyes could have packed it in last season. They stumbled out of the gates with an 0-2 SU record with losses at Purdue and home to Northwestern. They regrouped on Nov. 7, and rattled off six straight victories to finish out the regular season. They could have continued their ascent, but the No. 15 Hawkeyes were unable to play in the Music City Bowl after Missouri was forced to pull out due to an increase in positive COVID-19 tests. That was a disappointing end to a very encouraging season.
The offense is in good hands with QB Spencer Petras, who threw for 1,569 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 57.1 percent of his passes across eight games. TE Sam LaPorta could be a star in the making, in the mold of former Iowa standouts Noah Fant, T.J. Hockenson and George Kittle in recent seasons in Iowa City. If Petras can take a step forward in his development, Iowa could easily challenge for the top spot in the West.
The Iowa defense was stingy in 2020, yielding just 4.3 yards per play which was least in the conference. They lost guys like Chauncey Golston, Jack Heflin and Daviyon Nixon, but the linebacker corps is still legit, and the secondary was second in the league in pass efficiency in 2020. If they can plug the holes along the defensive line, again, this is a team which could be championship caliber.
Iowa opens with a huge measuring-stick game against Indiana, and we'll learn a lot about the Hawks on both sides of the ball. Their first road game on Sept. 11 at Iowa State is also a huge test. The schedule lightens up with two non-conference games against Kent State and Colorado State to close out September.
As the leaves turn colors, the conference season kicks off in full force. Games against Maryland and Purdue are very winnable, but the biggest games of the season are in this month with a home date against Penn State on Oct. 9, and a potential division deciding game at Wisconsin on Oct. 30.
Floyd of Rosedale is passed out Nov. 13 against Minnesota, and they finish the regular season with winnable games against Illinois and at Nebraska. At best, this team has 10-win potential, and at worst they're a 7-5 team. They'll likely be somewhere in between, as Petras still needs to be a little less inconsistent under center. I am leaning toward a nine-win season, as this schedule isn't terribly daunting, and they luck out by missing Michigan and Ohio State.
Preseason Best Bet: Over 8.5 Wins (-113)
2021 Iowa Hawkeyes Schedule
Win Total Odds
Iowa Odds to win 2021 Big 10 Championship
I am not feeling Iowa to win the conference championship, but they easily could face the East favorite Ohio State Buckeyes for all the marbles. Stranger things have happened. However, they just don't have the horses to take down one of the best teams in the nation, so my lean would be to No on winning the conference championship.
Iowa Odds to Win 2021-22 College Football Playoff
The Hawkeyes could find themselves edging out the likes of Minnesota and Wisconsin the West Division to get into the Big 10 Championship. That's very likely. Winning it, and making the CFP is extremely unlikely. Save your lettuce.
2020 Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Results
Betting on the 2021 Iowa Hawkeyes
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