Heading into Week 10 of the college football season, a Big Ten West battle between the Iowa Hawkeyes and Wisconsin Badgers officially has the lowest over/under line in betting history.
Iowa's game vs. Northwestern on Saturday at Wrigley Field has an over/under set at 29.5.
It's the lowest over/under in history. pic.twitter.com/IyR4SpvUU5
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) October 29, 2023
The over/under is set at just 29.5 points. For context, there are 46 teams in the FBS that average more points than that on a per-game basis.
This season, the Hawkeyes averaged 19.5 points per game and 15 points over the last three games. That ranks 114th in the nation. Northwestern averages less than two points more at 21.6.
Defensively, the Hawkeyes allow 14.5 points per game and only 10.7 over the last three weeks. Northwestern is a much more vulnerable defense, allowing 26.9 points per game, but Iowa's offense is incredibly anemic. They averaged just 116.5 passing yards per game and 87.7 over the last three games.
They scored just 15 against Wisconsin and ten against Minnesota. Games featuring Iowa went under 29.5 points three weeks in a row. Those matchups included the Purdue Boilermakers, Wisconsin Badgers, and Minnesota Golden Gophers.
There have been several other low total games featuring Iowa, as Ben Stevens of Sports Grid points out.
The Iowa-Northwestern total opens at O/U 29.5 pts.
This would be the lowest FBS total EVER.
This is also the 4th time in Iowa?s last 12 games w/ a historic low total:
? 10/21 vs MIN, O/U 30.5
? 12/32/22 vs UK, O/U 31.5
? 11/19/22 vs MIN, O/U 31.5
All 3 games went Under. https://t.co/uGk4K7A9hw
— Ben Stevens (@BenScottStevens) October 29, 2023
"The Iowa-Northwestern total opens at O/U 29.5 pts. This would be the lowest FBS total EVER. This is also the 4th time in Iowa's last 12 games w/ a historic low total," he said.
After listing these games, he said, "All 3 games went Under."
Other X users had their thoughts on the matchup.
The lowest over/under in history...... so far.
Wait for Illinois vs Iowa in a couple of weeks.
— Chuck4Heisman_85 (@mckim252525) October 30, 2023
"The lowest over/under in history...... so far. Wait for Illinois vs Iowa in a couple of weeks," one user wrote.
Others had a more comedic approach.
Are they going to have to drive towards the same end zone the entire game?
— Kyle Snipes (@KyleSnipes) October 29, 2023
"Are they going to have to drive towards the same end zone the entire game?" someone else wrote.
The Hawkeyes will be on the road here in Week 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 4. Fans of both teams will be hoping that there will be at least a couple of touchdowns to cheer for.
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