Iowa is making history yet again ahead of its game against Rutgers.
The point total for Saturday’s Rutgers-Iowa game in Iowa City opened at 28.5, setting a new record for the lowest opening point total for a game in college football history. Of course, this comes a week after the opening total between Iowa and Northwestern was set at 29.5, which set the then-record for the lowest opening point total ever.
While the opening total for the Iowa-Northwestern game opened at 29.5, betting money quickly moved that number. The line moved at least a point, if not more, at many sportsbooks in the days after it opened, causing the line to close at 32.5.
So far, there hasn’t appeared to be much movement on the point total for Saturday’s Rutgers-Iowa game. As of Tuesday evening, the point total is still at 28.5 on FanDuel Sportsbook, and it’s at 29 on DraftKings Sportsbook.
That’s probably because both teams have had major problems scoring the ball this season. Iowa’s scoring just 13.5 points per game in conference play so far this season, while Rutgers has scored 19.7 points per game in Big Ten play.
Both teams also rank among the best in scoring defense in the nation, with Iowa in fourth (13.7 allowed points per game) and Rutgers at 20th (17.9 points allowed per game).
As Iowa continues to make history with its low betting point totals, offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz has been notified that he’ll be removed from his position. Luckily for those wanting to be the Under, he’ll still remain in his post through the end of the season, and history favors the Under as well.
The Under has hit at an exponential rate in Iowa games this season, going 7-2.
The Under has also hit a high rate for Iowa games when it’s been set at 35 or lower the last two seasons, going 6-1. The one time the Under didn’t hit, however, came in last year’s Iowa-Rutgers matchup, which the Hawkeyes won, 27-10, to help the Over hit on the point total of 34.
Iowa winning in that game, though, has matched with the trend on how it has done when the point total has been set at 35 points or fewer, going 6-1 straight up in such games.
All stats courtesy of FOX Sports Research.
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