Iowa vs. Western Michigan Prediction: Picks & Start Time – September 16, 2023

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The No. 25 Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0) will clash with the Western Michigan Broncos (1-1) at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

Iowa vs. Western Michigan Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 28.5 points, with bookmakers listing Iowa as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, Iowa has -8500 odds to pick up the win, while Western Michigan is listed at +1900 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 43 points.

Game Info

How to Watch Iowa vs. Western Michigan Live?

  • Game Day: Saturday, September 16, 2023
  • Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BTN
  • Location: Iowa City, Iowa
  • Stadium: Kinnick Stadium
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Betting Preview


Iowa averaged 17.7 points per game last year, 6.4 fewer than Western Michigan gave up per contest (24.1). Iowa was 3-0 against the spread and 3-0 overall in games when it scored more than 24.1 points last year. Western Michigan had a 5-0 record against the spread and a 4-1 record overall in games when it allowed less than 17.7 points last year. Iowa racked up 251.6 yards per game last season, 100.6 fewer yards than the 352.2 Western Michigan allowed per matchup.

Western Michigan

Western Michigan averaged 19.0 points per game last year, 5.7 more than Iowa surrendered (13.3). Western Michigan was 4-3 against the spread and 4-3 overall in games when it put up over 13.3 points last season. When Iowa allowed fewer than 19.0 points last year, it had a 7-2 record against the spread and a 7-2 record overall. Western Michigan collected 31.1 more yards per game (301.9) than Iowa allowed per matchup (270.8) last season.

Iowa vs. Western Michigan Betting Analysis

Iowa Betting Insights

Iowa has covered the spread once in two games with a set spread. The Hawkeyes have been the moneyline favorite only two other times so far this season, and they won both of the games. The Hawkeyes have never played a game this season with moneyline odds of -8500 or shorter.

Western Michigan Betting Insights

Western Michigan has covered the spread one time this season (1-1-0). This season, not one Western Michigan’s games have hit the over. The Broncos lost the only game they’ve played as the underdog this season. The Broncos have not entered a game this season with longer moneyline odds than +1900.

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Iowa vs. Western Michigan Against The Spread & Betting Records


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 38.2 39.1 37.1
Implied Total AVG 23.8 24.7 22.8
ATS Record 8-5-0 3-4-0 5-1-0
Over/Under Record 4-9-0 2-5-0 2-4-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 6-2 4-2 2-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 2-3 0-1 2-2

Western Michigan

Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 51.0 52.7 49.3
Implied Total AVG 29.8 30.0 29.5
ATS Record 6-6-0 2-4-0 4-2-0
Over/Under Record 2-10-0 1-5-0 1-5-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 2-2 1-2 1-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 3-5 1-2 2-3

Last Season’s Leaders


  • Kaleb Johnson rushed for 779 yards (59.9 per game) and six touchdowns in 13 games last year.
  • In the passing game, Sam LaPorta scored one TD, hauling in 58 balls for 656 yards (54.7 per game).
  • In 12 games a season ago, Spencer Petras threw for 1,725 yards (143.8 per game), with five touchdowns and five interceptions, and a completion percentage of 55.7%.
  • In 12 games, Luke Lachey had 28 receptions for 398 yards (33.2 per game) and four touchdowns.
  • On defense last year, Cooper DeJean helped lead the charge with five interceptions to go with 72 tackles, two TFL, and six passes defended in 13 games.
  • In 12 games in 2022, Seth Benson compiled one interception to go with 108 tackles, three TFL, one sack, and one pass defended.
  • Jack Campbell had one sack to go with 115 tackles and two interceptions in 12 games a season ago.
  • In 2022, Quinn Schulte had one interception in addition to 65 tackles and six passes defended.

Western Michigan

  • Last year Sean Tyler run for 1,027 yards (85.6 yards per carry) and seven rushing touchdowns.
  • Tyler was a factor in the passing game too, reeling in 12 balls on zero targets for 111 yards and one touchdown.
  • In 12 games, Corey Crooms was targeted zero times, leading to 57 receptions, 814 yards and five touchdowns.
  • Jack Salopek was an important part of the offense last year, compiling 1,285 passing yards with seven passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 49.1% completion percentage.
  • As a runner, Salopek added 52 rushing yards and one touchdown.
  • La’Darius Jefferson scampered for 235 yards (4.2 yards per carry) and five touchdowns in the ground attack.
  • Last year Zaire Barnes delivered 93 tackles, two TFL, and one interception in 11 games.
  • Corvin Moment was on the field for 11 games, collecting 78 tackles, nine TFL, six sacks, and one pass defended.
  • Andre Carter played in 11 games and collected one interception to go along with 58 tackles, 11 TFL, five sacks, and two passes defended.
  • Keni-H Lovely was a big contributor on D last year, with four interceptions to go with 46 tackles, six TFL, one sack, and four passes defended.

Iowa vs. Western Michigan Predictions and Pick

Iowa vs. Western Michigan betting card

  • Pick ATS:

    Western Michigan (+28.5)

  • Pick OU: Over (43)

How to Bet on Iowa vs. Western Michigan

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Our prediction to win this contest is Iowa, and we expect that Western Michigan will cover the spread (Iowa -28.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 43 points.


Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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