Michigan State-Iowa: The Surprising College Football Underdog

Matt HillardContributor IOctober 29, 2010

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 23: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Michigan State Spartans turns to roll out against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 23, 2010 in Evanston, Illinois. Michigan State defeated Northwestern 35-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Michigan State is traveling to Iowa this week, and according to the Vegas line, they are a seven point underdog. This is especially interesting, seeing as how Michigan State is ranked No. 5 in the nation to Iowa’s No. 18.

Both teams were in tight games last weekend, with Michigan State forging a late comeback to beat Northwestern while Iowa fell victim to a late comeback in a tough one-point loss to Wisconsin.

The major strike on Iowa’s resume is their inability to beat good teams. They have lost two out of three games against ranked opponents, the one win coming against Penn State (not a very good team). Until Iowa proves that they can beat a good team, I’ll assume that they can’t.

This is a huge game for both teams. A loss here for Iowa would give them their second conference loss and effectively eliminate any chance of winning the Big 10. Meanwhile, undefeated Michigan State faces their last real test of the season. They have a great chance of running the table if they get by Iowa this week–which likely puts them in the national championship game.

Michigan State is undefeated and has proven that they can beat good teams. Despite playing on the road against a solid Iowa squad, I think underdog Michigan State pulls of the W in this one.