When betting on the College Football Playoffs, the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and the Penn State Nittany Lions aren’t often in the conversation unless laying an outlandish hedge on futures odds with sky-high moneylines.
Tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM in Iowa City, IA, Kinnick Stadium will host the biggest college football game since its construction as the third-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes hope to defend their home turf against Penn State who is currently ranked 4th in the AP Top 25.
This marquee NCAAF game is sure to attract those interested in betting on College Football in the USA, but what do the odds imply in regard to Saturday’s outcome between these top-ranked programs.
Penn State Nittany Lions @ Iowa Hawkeyes
- Point Spread For Penn State: +1.5
- Point Spread For Iowa: -1.5
- Moneyline For Penn State: +105
- Moneyline For Iowa: -125
- Over/Under: 41.0
The above College Football odds suggest an incredibly tight game, as Iowa is not even granted the 2.5 point swing in the spread that home-field advantage typically provides.
Although there are several options for football betting in the USA, only one sportsbook will feature the best odds available for a particular NCAA College Football matchup.
In this case, MyBookie, Bovada, and BetOnline are in unison on their predictions for tomorrow’s game and offer no variance between them in the spread, moneyline, and the over/under total.
Combining the over/under and point spread project a potential final score of Iowa Hawkeyes 21, Notre Dame 20, and if the margins were any slimmer it would qualify as a pick’em.
If Penn State is able to escape from Iowa tomorrow with a win, their schedule does not get any easier. Games against Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State are still to be decided and will test Penn State’s legitimacy in 2021-22 for the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.
Considering the quality of opponents that the Nittany Lions will face, there is the potential that they could qualify for the CFP with a loss.
Iowa, on the other hand, does not face a ranked opponent for the remainder of the year, and will not see another big-time college football program until the Big Ten Conference Championship Game, assuming the Hawkeyes win the Western Division.
There’s even a chance that Iowa and Penn State could play each other again in the Big Ten Title Game. Penn State would likely need to win out, while Iowa could more easily qualify for the championship game with a blemish on their record.
If gamblers are more intrigued by betting on NCAAF postseason futures and which teams might potentially qualify for this year’s CFP, perhaps the following odds will be of interest, but be warned – payouts won’t occur until after January 10th once a victor has been declared.
2021-2 NCAAF National Championship Odds
- Ohio State+1200
- Penn State+2800
Source – ESPN