IOWA over North Texas by 16

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

Hawkeyes show­ing a lit­tle more of­fense than ex­pected this sea­son with­out QB C.J. Beathard be­hind center, av­er­ag­ing 34 PPG. Most of that came last week when a pissed off Iowa State took their ri­vals to task for last sea­son’s 42-3 bitch-slap­ping at Iowa City – and was shov­el­ing dirt on ‘em when the Hawkeyes sud­denly came to life and won a 44-41 clas­sic in over­time. And though we’re cer­tain that HC Kirk Fer­entz is ad­mon­ish­ing the kids “not to over­look” North Texas, do you hon­estly think they can go for three hours with­out think­ing of next week’s Big Ten opener ver­sus Penn State? Not af­ter the Lions de­stroyed Iowa last year, 41-14! The Mean Green suf­fered a de­ceiv­ing 54-32 loss against SMU on Satur­day, out­gain­ing the Mus­tangs in the de­feat, and a 17 re­turn­ing starter dog like UNT off a loss grabs our at­ten­tion, es­pe­cially against a Power Five foe off an over­time win against an in-state ri­val. Don’t for­get this gem we un­earthed from the ar­chives: Fer­entz was 13-0 ATS in his first 13 games as

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