College Football Week 5 Picks: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor ISeptember 27, 2013

College Football Week 5 Picks: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    The Iowa Hawkeyes haven't allowed a first-half touchdown in their last three games, which is important to consider when making your college football Week 5 picks Saturday, as they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium.

    Sports bettors will find that the Hawkeyes are two-point road favorites in the NCAA football odds, with the betting total sitting at 46.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Big Ten Conference matchup from a betting perspective while offering up a prediction along the way.

    *Gambling stats via SBR Forum.

Iowa Hawkeyes

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    The Iowa Hawkeyes are 6-8 in Big Ten Conference openers under the direction of head coach Kirk Ferentz. On Saturday, they'll look to improve on their 3-1 overall record during the 2013 campaign.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Hawkeyes are 3-4 straight up and against the spread when the betting line is between +3 to -3, with the OVER going 6-1 in that situation.

Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    The Minnesota Golden Gophers have opened up with a 4-0 record for a second consecutive season. They're coming off a 43-24 victory over the San Jose State Spartans as four-point home favorites last Saturday.

    College football handicappers will find that the Golden Gophers are 10-7 straight up and against the spread at home since 2011.


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Iowa Hawkeyes in the first half, as the Minnesota Golden Gophers are 2-6 against the spread in their last eight conference games.

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