Free College Football Picks Today: Iowa Hawkeyes vs Michigan Wolverines 10/1/22

Free College Football Picks Today: Iowa Hawkeyes vs Michigan Wolverines 10/1/22
Sat 1st October 2022

Defense meets offense when the University of Iowa Hawkeyes (3-1, 1-0 Big 10) welcome the No. 4 University of Michigan Wolverines (4-0, 1-0 Big 10) at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday. The Wolverines are 11-point favorites, and the total is 42. Michigan is coming off a 34-27 win over Maryland at Michigan Stadium last Saturday. J.J. McCarthy threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns. Blake Corum ran 30 times for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Luke Schoonmaker caught seven passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. Iowa beat Rutgers 27-10 at SHI Stadium last Saturday. Spencer Petras was 11 of 17 for 148 yards. Leshon Williams carried 11 times for 64 yards and a touchdown. Sam LaPorta had four receptions for 77 yards.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The teams last met in the Big Ten Championship Game, which the Wolverines won 42-3.

TALE OF THE TAPE

The Wolverines are averaging 50.0 points per game so far this season, second in FBS, and they are facing a Hawkeyes defense that has surrendered 5.8 PPG (1st). Meanwhile, Iowa has scored 17.0 points a game this season, 120th in the nation, and Michigan is allowing 11.0 PPG (7th). The Wolverines rank as one of the nation’s top teams in rushing yards per game (234.3, 11th), while they are 60th in passing yards (254.8). They will be matching strength against strength on the ground, as the Hawkeyes are sixth in the country in rushing yards allowed per game (73.0). Against the pass, Iowa is 14th (163.3).Iowa has been one of the country’s least productive teams in both passing and rushing yards per game, averaging 131.0 (124th) and 101.5 (116th) yards per game, respectively. Michigan’s defense has proven strong through the air, as the Wolverines are 4th in the country in passing yards allowed per game (135.8). Against the run, the Wolverines are 35th (109.0).

TOP PERFORMERS

Through four games, McCarthy has thrown for five touchdowns and 173.2 yards per game to lead Michigan in passing. Corum leads the team in rushing with an average of 119.5 yards a game over four games. He has nine touchdowns on the ground. Ronnie Bell is the Wolverines’ leading receiver with 63.2 yards a game and one TD. Petras has one passing touchdown (2 INT) with 131.0 yards per game through four games to lead Iowa. In three home games this season, he has thrown for one TD (2 INT) and an average of 125.3 yards. Kaleb Johnson has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 43.5 yards a game through four games. He has two touchdowns. LaPorta has been a key target in the Hawkeyes’ passing game, averaging 38.5 yards per game through four appearances.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

Michigan (-450)

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