When watching the Iowa Hawkeyes offense, some might say they set college football back 20 years. Well, oddsmakers didn’t quite disagree this week. Their total for this weekend’s game against Rutgers is currently set at 33.5 at BetMGM. If the total were near this low, it would be the lowest total between the two FBS teams since 1995.
Both teams struggled offensively
You know a game is going to be a defensive struggle when one of the marquee games that stand out before kickoff happens between two bettors. However, when it comes to Rutgers’ game against Iowa this weekend, Rutgers’ Adam Kossack and Iowa’s Tory Taylor are expected to be stars.
Iowa State opened the season with a 7-3 victory over South Dakota State. The Hawkeyes collected those sevens with a field goal and two safetys. In their Week 2 loss to Iowa State, Iowa State again scored just seven points. They took advantage of a short field as a good punt returned for an early touchdown, but didn’t produce anything else for the rest of the game. Last week, Iowa scored 27 points against Nevada, a team that had scored 41 in the previous week. Through three games, Iowa is averaging less than 14 points per game. Overall, they’re averaging just 18 points per game.
Rutgers’ offense isn’t all that bad from a points standpoint, though its numbers are inflated due to a 66-point explosion against Wagner. As a double-digit favorite against Temple last week, the Scarlet Knights scored just 16 points and scored no offensive touchdowns. Rutgers’ defense was solid, scoring just 14 points per game.
Iowa ranks third in the nation in yards per game allowed. Rutgers University is ranked 16th. Both have good defensive units. Offense is another matter. Iowa State averaged just 4.3 yards per game and ranked 109th. Rutgers was even worse, ranking 111th with 4.2 yards per game.
This is the lowest total ever
The last time we saw such a low score in college football was in 1995. Arizona and Oregon finished with 33 points, while Arizona won 20-11.
Overall, less than 3-1-1 in games with a total score of 34 points or less since 1995. Last year, Iowa’s overall score against Wisconsin was 34. It propelled the game when Wisconsin won 27-7.
Iowa State has not scored more than 27 points in a game this season as the Hawkeyes lead 3-0. These teams have met twice since Rutgers joined the Big Ten. Iowa State won 30-0 in 2019 and 14-7 in 2016.
As for this game, the Hawkeyes are a 7.5-point favorite in Piscataway, New Jersey.