The unbeaten Iowa Hawkeyes will look to cover the big spread as two-touchdown-plus home favorites when they host the struggling Maryland Terrapins on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. The college football week 9 odds have the Iowa Hawkeyes as 17-point betting favorites to beat the Maryland Terrapins. But are the Hawkeyes look like virtual locks to win and cover this matchup?
A Closer Look A The Maryland Terrapins at No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes College Football Week 9 Odds & Betting Analysis
What: Maryland Terrapins (2-5) at No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes (7-0)
When: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Kickoff: 3:30 PM ET
Where: Iowa City, IA
Stadium: Kinnick Stadium
Weather: 53° F | Sprinkles
Spread: Iowa -17
Moneyline: Maryland +550 vs Iowa -800
Game Total: 53.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Maryland vs Iowa
Bet The Maryland Terrapins at +17 Because…
They’re completely desperate and gave Penn State all they could handle a week ago!
The Maryland Terrapins (2-5 SU, 4-3 ATS) have lost four straight and recently fired head coach Randy Edsall. The desperate Terps come into this Week 9 matchup off a narrow 31-30 loss against Penn State in Week 8, although they managed to cover the spread as a 5.5-point home dog.
Maryland will be playing its second game under interim head coach Mike Locksley, but things aren’t looking good right now.
Quarterback Perry Hills has rushed for a stellar 294 yards over his last two games, but has canceled that out by tossing a whopping six interceptions, not to mention losing three fumbles against the Nittany Lions.
"He’s made some plays for us, but we’ve got to be sure he takes better care of the football," Locksley said. "If we can get that done, Perry is a guy we can win games with."
Maryland is ranked 90th in scoring (25.1 ppg) and 106th in points allowed (34.1 ppg).
Bet The Iowa Hawkeyes at -17 Because…
They’ve got one of the best defenses in the country!
The Iowa Hawkeyes (7-0 SU, 5-2 ATS) used their overpowering defense to lay a commanding 40-10 smackdown on once, nationally ranked Northwestern while covering the spread as a 2-point road favorite.
Quarterback C.J. Beathard completed 15 of 25 passes for 176 yards and one interceptions, but it was running back Akrum Wadley that led the Hawkeyes to victory by rushing for 204 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries.
"It’s hard. But I try not to let my thoughts get too global," running back Akrum Wadley said. "I try not to think about the big picture."
Despite a lack of publicity, the Hawkeyes say they believe in themselves.
"You can’t let that stuff get to your head," quarterback C.J. Beathard said. "Before the season started, people were saying the opposite, and now they’re all of a sudden thinking we should go undefeated and all that stuff. Who knows what they know? They don’t know much, and we know that."
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Terrapins are just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and a nearly winless 1-6 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win.
Conversely, the Iowa Hawkeyes are 6-1 ATS in their L/7 games against a team with a losing record and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
More importantly, the Hawkeyes have an elite defense that allows just 15.3 points per game (10th).
The Hawkeyes win and cash in with room to spare!