The upcoming college football game between Rutgers and Iowa on Saturday has garnered a lot of attention, particularly due to the historically low over/under total of 27 to 28 1/2 points. Caesars Sportsbook posted 27, which is the lowest total for an FBS game it has ever offered. Bettors have overwhelmingly placed their money on the over, with 74 percent of the money and 61 percent of tickets backing that direction.
Joey Feazel, who oversees college football betting for Caesars, commented on the game, noting that Iowa’s offense continues to struggle while their defense remains efficient. The team has an average of 18.4 points per game but has a strong defense, allowing only 13.7 points. Additionally, Iowa has an All-American punter in Tory Taylor, known for pinning opponents deep, and a talented punt returner in Cooper DeJean.
On the other hand, Rutgers boasts a staunch defense as well, allowing an average of 17.9 points per game, but their offense is more productive, with an average of 26.8 points. This contrast in offensive and defensive strengths is reflected in the over/under totals offered by different sportsbooks.
BetMGM and Westgate have set the total at 28 points, while it’s 28 1/2 at FanDuel Sportsbook. Both BetMGM and Westgate reported that it’s the lowest total they have produced. Interestingly, unlike Caesars, BetMGM received heavy betting action on the under, with 74 percent of bets and 80 percent of money backing the under.
Jay Kornegay, the vice president of race & sports operations at Westgate Las Vegas, described Iowa as an “interesting team,” emphasizing their strong defensive play. He compared their style to playing with “14 players on defense and 8 players when they have the ball.”
The betting action and the low over/under total point to an intriguing matchup between Rutgers and Iowa, with both teams’ strengths and weaknesses playing a significant role in the betting market. The game is shaping up to be an exciting and closely contested battle on the field.