Colorado State at Iowa odds, picks and prediction

Joe Williams
Sportsbook Wire

The Colorado State Rams (1-2) and the No. 6 Iowa Hawkeyes (3-0) meet Saturday at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Colorado State at Iowa odds and lines, and make our expert college football picks, predictions and bets.

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The Rams are a hard team to figure. They opened with home losses to FCS South Dakota State and one of the worst Power 5 teams in Vanderbilt. Then they hit the road to play a solid Toledo side, which they beat outright 22-6 as 14.5-point underdogs.

The Hawkeyes are not only 3-0, including wins in their conference opener against Indiana and in a rivalry game at Iowa State, but they have locked it down on defense. Iowa is allowing just 10.0 points per game, fourth in the nation, and 278.7 total yards per outing, good for 22nd.

Colorado State at Iowa odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: Colorado State +1000 (bet $100 to win $1,000) | Iowa -2500 (bet $2,500 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Colorado State +23.5 (-115) | Iowa -23.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 44.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)

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Colorado State at Iowa odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Iowa 31, Colorado State 12

Money line

Iowa (-2500) holds a lofty ranking and has been tested twice already. It won't be tested here, but you can't toss up 25 times your potential return.

AVOID.

Against the spread

COLORADO STATE +23.5 (-105) isn't going to win this one as it will struggle to move the ball. However, Iowa doesn't have the type offense to blow anybody out. See last week against Kent State as a perfect example. Iowa won handily but used a grinding offense and suffocating defense to post a 30-7 win. It will do the same here.

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Over/Under

UNDER 44.5 (- 115) is a risky play in this day and age, and a total in the 40s in college football is super low. But Iowa has hit the Under in each of its three games, flexing its muscle on defense. Plus, Colorado State does not have a very good offense, so don't expect much from the Rams.

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