Some might say that watching the Iowa Hawkeyes offense puts college football back 20 years. Now, the oddsmakers aren’t exactly against this week, as his match total against Rutgers this weekend currently puts him at 33.5 points at BetMGM. If the total approaches this low, it will be the lowest total between his two FBS teams since 1995.
Both teams struggled offensively
We know the game will be a defensive struggle when one of the marquee matchups highlighted before kickoff takes place between two punters. However, when it comes to Rutgers vs. Iowa this weekend, it will star Rutgers’ Adam Korsak and Iowa’s Tory Taylor.
Iowa started the season with a 7-3 victory over South Dakota. The Hawkeyes compiled those seven points on a field goal and his two safety. A loss to Iowa State in Week 2 held Iowa down to just 7 points again. They took advantage of short fielding for good punt returns to punch touchdowns early on, but produced nothing else for the rest of the game. Last week, Iowa scored 27 points against Nevada. Nevada is the team that allowed the Incarnate Ward his 41 points the previous week. Through three games, Iowa is averaging less than his 14 points per game. Overall, their games only average 18 points in total.
Rutgers aren’t too bad offensively from a points standpoint, though their numbers are inflated by a 66-point blowout against Wagner. The Scarlet Knights, who were double-digit favorites against Temple last week, scored just 16 points and failed to score an offensive touchdown. But Rutgers was very solid on defense, allowing only 14 points per game.
Iowa ranks third in the nation in yards per play allowed. The Rutgers are 16th. Both have very good defensive units. Crime is another story. Iowa ranks 109th, averaging only 4.3 yards per play. Rutgers is even worse, with 4.2 yards per play that ranks him 111th.
This is a historically low total
The last time we saw totals this low in college football was in 1995. Arizona and Oregon finished with a total of 33 points, underhitting as Arizona carried out her 20–11 victory.
Under 3-1-1 in all games totaling 34 or less since 1995. Last year, Iowa vs. Wisconsin total he had 34 points. It pushed as Wisconsin won 27-7.
Iowa hasn’t scored more than 27 points this season, and the Hawkeyes are 3-0. These teams have met twice since Rutgers joined the Big Ten. Iowa won in 2019 when he went 30-0 and in 2016 when he went 14-7.
Game-wise, the Hawkeyes are 7.5-point road favorites in Piscataway, New Jersey.