Senior editor Max Meyer will be sharing his favorite moneyline underdog 🐶 upset picks in weekend Hustle editions. So far, he’s up +2.98 units (6-9 record) and has decided to take two Big Ten teams from today’s college football slate.
Minnesota +155 at Iowa [3:30 p.m. ET]
Iowa’s offense ranks dead last in yards per game, 129th in yards per play and 114th in scoring 🤢. In a game between two terrible offenses, it could mean that one turnover can be the play that swings this entire game. After all, this 30.5 total is the lowest one in FBS going all the way back to 1995.
The Hawkeyes are coming off a major win last week at Wisconsin where the defense feasted on Badgers backup QB Braedyn Locke after Tanner Mordecai left due to injury. That also marked the seventh straight week that Iowa has played, while the Golden Gophers just had a bye week. I’ll take a rested team going up against a fatigued defense that has had to carry Iowa all season.
Illinois +135 vs. Wisconsin [3:30 p.m. ET]
Speaking of Wisconsin backup QB Braedyn Locke, he’ll be getting the start in Champaign. Iowa’s defense has been much better than Illinois’ this season, but Locke’s 15/30 performance for 122 yards and a pick shouldn’t inspire much confidence against any upcoming opponent.
The Illini looked like a completely new team coming off of the bye last week, upsetting Maryland as nearly two-touchdown road underdogs. The Illini pulled it off without starting tailback Reggie Love III, and that’s because true freshman Kaden Feagin shined with 84 rushing yards and a score. If Love III can’t go against Wisconsin, at least Illinois knows it can rely on Feagin and his 5.4 yards per carry.