Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Oklahoma Sooners
It’s a battle of college football heavyweights as the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Oklahoma Sooners tangle in Tempe in the Insight Bowl. The Sooners are -13.5 point favorites over the Hawkeyes with an over/under point total set at 58.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have lost three of their last five games heading into their date in the Insight bowl but Kirk Ferentz’s team has had some solid success this season and several wins over bowl teams. Iowa has a win over BCS participant Michigan but the baffling thing on the schedule is the one point loss at Minnesota in a game Iowa was favored by 14.5 points. James Vandenberg put up solid numbers at QB completing 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,806 yards with 23 touchdowns and six interceptions. The big story for Iowa is the void left in the running game as Marcus Coker and his 1,384 yards and 15 touchdowns and with Mika’il McCall also suspended this leaves Jordan Canzeri , De’Andre Johnson, and Damon Bullock none of whom have seen much action this year but Coker was just a fill in last season when he ran wild in the Insight Bowl for 219 yards. Marvin McNutt has 78 catches for 1,269 yards and 12 touchdowns and Keenan Davis has 45 catches and four touchdowns. Defensively Iowa has nine interceptions, nine fumble recoveries, and 20 sacks while they allow 23.2 points and 387,6 yards per game.
The Oklahoma Sooners started the season as the number one ranked team in the country and not even making a BCS game has to be a disappointment for Bob Stoops and his team. The Sooners had their share of big injuries but those are part of the game and what every team experiences and overcoming them is what separates the good teams from the great teams. Landry Jones started the season as a Heisman Trophy contender but he didn’t even get an invite to New York as he completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 4,302 yards with 28 touchdowns but 14 costly interceptions. Roy Finch took over in the backfield when Dom Whaley went down and he averaged 5.7 yards per carry but scored just three touchdowns. Ryan Broyles was lost for the season after putting up huge numbers in his nine games while Kenny Stills has 58 catches and eight touchdowns and Jaz Reynolds had 41 catches and five touchdowns. Defensively OU has 13 interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries, and 37 sacks while they allow 22.8 points and 383.2 yards per game. Aaron Colvin has 80 tackles, Travis Lewis has 79 tackles, and Fran Alexander has 8.5 sacks. As usual Oklahoma is loaded with high school All-Americans and NFL prospects.
Iowa is 5-0 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, 4-1 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, and 4-0 against the spread in their last four bowl games. Oklahoma is 4-0 against the spread in their last four non-conference games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five bowl games, and 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games overall.
The total is set at 58 and I can see this one getting over that number fairly easily.