After taking down the Ohio State Buckeyes in another edition of “The Game,” the undefeated Michigan Wolverines are more than ready to make quick use of the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Championship Game.
For the Wolverines (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten), one of this season’s top favored squads according to our CFP odds, a win is a definite must. For the Hawkeyes (10-2, 7-2), on the other hand, sitting, waiting and wishing for what could be the team’s biggest victory in years could hold immeasurable value.
So, who’s taking home the Big Ten title?
Can Iowa Give Michigan a Scare?
In order to answer this question, we have to look at it from both sides of the ball, offense, and defense. Afterward, we could take spirit into consideration. But trust me, if you take spirit out, Iowa’s chances of beating Michigan for the Big Ten title are as slim as ever.
Offensively, Iowa is one of the worst units in the country, averaging the fewest offensive yards per game in the country and the 10th-fewest points per game. As the Hawkeyes prepare to square off against the second-best overall defense in the country, the chances of Iowa leaving this title game without scoring a single point is a sad but very present reality.
It’s on defense where maybe, just maybe, Iowa could try to put up a valiant effort and give Michigan a fight for the conference title. Having the fourth-best defense when it comes to points allowed, the Hawkeyes will be looking into its stout defense as the biggest weapon the team can bring to the table.
Various college football news sites have made mention of Iowa’s coach Kirk Ferentz dishing out gallons of hope for Hawkeyes fans come Saturday. Admitting to the fact that his team is the clear NCAAF football lines underdog, Ferentz still believes that even with all of the odds stacked against them, the Hawkeyes will still show up, put up a fight and try to go for an unbelievable NCAAF odds upset.
“We’ve actually won a couple of games like this in the last 25 years. We’ve got to play our best football. And, you know, anything is possible in sports. I think we’ve all seen that,” said Ferentz, who is sold on having optimism being his team’s best weapon for Saturday.
Will it work?
Probably not, but hey, you can’t blame a man for believing and trying.
Looking for No-Brainer Bet? Take Michigan ATS
Going for its third consecutive Big Ten title, Michigan is more than set to make easy work of Iowa this weekend. It already happened a couple of years ago, when the Wolverines pummeled the Hawkeyes by 42-3, and by all signs, it appears as if it will happen once again in 2023.
With Michigan entering this game as an overwhelming favorite to win according to our college football spread, even if Iowa brings its best defensive game to the field, the chances of stopping Michigan from covering said spread don’t look too good for the Hawkeyes.
One could even argue that after beating Ohio State last week, Michigan is already thinking about the upcoming playoffs, where the Wolverines are online betting favorites for a vast majority of football fans across the country.
As Michigan looks to put on a dominant performance and head coach Jim Harbaugh makes his return to the team’s sidelines, take the Wolverines to cover the spread as one of your top NCAA Football picks today.
College Football Pick: Michigan -23 ½ (-110)
Don’t expect an offensive shootout for the title
Let me put this in the simplest form for all college football betting fans to understand. If Michigan was playing any other team in the Big Ten for the conference title, I would definitely push to go with the over in the result. With the way Michigan’s offense has performed this season, it would be one of the easiest predictions to back.
But, with the way Iowa’s defense has performed, as well as Michigan’s overall dominance on defense as well, taking the under here could end up being the best college football bet on Dec 2.
Allowing only 12.2 points per game this season, Iowa could be looking to shut down Michigan from the get-go. Will it work? Probably not, but it could end up leading to a low scoring affair in which Michigan wins but doesn’t blow the Hawkeyes out of Indianapolis.
With all online sportsbooks having Michigan as the clear NCAAF betting favorites for this game, taking my word for the Wolverines covering the spread and taking the under in the total could end up being your best winning combination for this weekend.
College FootballPick: Total Under 35 (-110)
Michigan vs Iowa Betting lines
Michigan vs Iowa Big Ten Title Game Information
- Game: Wolverines (12-0, 9-0) vs Hawkeyes (10-2, 7-2)
- Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
- Day/Time: Saturday, Dec. 2, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Michigan vs Iowa Live TV/Stream: Fox/Fubo, ESPN