The Purdue Boilermakers will have a tough test ahead of them, with the Iowa Hawkeyes waiting for them at Kinnick Stadium. Will the Boilermakers pull off an upset? Or will the Hawkeyes extend their win streak? Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Purdue Boilermakers vs Iowa Hawkeyes NCAA Week 7 College Football Game on October 16, 2021
Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City
When: Saturday, October 16, 2021, 3:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the Purdue Boilermakers (+12.5)
Record: 3-2 Overall / 1-1 Conference
After starting the season with back-to-back wins over the Oregon State Beavers and the UConn Huskies, Purdue has gone 2-1 straight up in its next three games. In their most recent game, the Boilermakers lost to the Minnesota Golden Gophers at home on Oct. 2, 20-13, which also means they have a full two weeks of rest when they enter their upcoming meeting with the Hawkeyes. The Boilermakers will look to rely on the arm of quarterback Aidan O’Connell again, who’s likely to get another start over Jack Plummer. O’Connell went 34/52 for 371 passing yards and a touchdown with an interception against Minnesota. Junior wide receiver David Bell can build on his 120 receiving-yard performance on six catches in the Golden Gophers game. O’Connell and Bell teamed up for Purdue’s passing attack when the team defeated the Hawkeyes at home in 2020, 24-20. O’Connell passed for 282 yards and three touchdowns (all caught by Bell) with a pair of interceptions in that game.
Purdue is 4-0 against the spread in its last four games against the Hawkeyes, dating back to 2017.
Betting on the Iowa Hawkeyes (-12.5)
Record: 6-0 Overall / 3-0 Conference
Iowa will love to see O’Connell and Bell try their tricks again against the Hawyekes’ defense that has simply been devastating to opponents this season. The Penn State Nittany Lions know all about that after their 23-20 road loss at the hands of Iowa over the weekend. The Hawkeyes’ stop unit held Penn State down to only 180 passing yards while also coming away with four interceptions. Over their last two games, the Hawkeyes have recorded a total of 10 picks, which tie the legendary 2001 Miami Hurricanes team for the second-most interceptions over the course of two consecutive games. The Hawkeyes’ defense is being complemented by an offense that has averaged 28.0 points against ranked teams this season, so far. Purdue’s defense looks tough on paper with a little over 15 points allowed per game, but that’s skewed heavily by a 49-0 win over lightweight UConn Huskies.
Iowa is 8-2 against the spread in its last 10 games overall.
Iowa wins, 33-17.
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