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The Iowa Hawkeyes take on the Kent State Golden Flashes at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 18 at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa is off to one of the nation's best starts with back-to-back wins against ranked opponents to begin the year. However, Kent State's offense runs at a pace unlike any other the Hawkeyes have seen this season. Iowa is coming off of a big rivalry win against Iowa State, and held on to the Cy-hawk trophy for the sixth-straight year. Meanwhile, Kent State has one of the country's most explosive offenses, with seven plays of 30 yards-or-more already this season. 

The Hawkeyes are favored by 23 points in the latest Iowa vs. Kent State odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 56. Before locking in any Kent State vs. Iowa picks, you need to check out the college football predictions and analysis from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $3,500 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters Week 3 of the 2021 season on a 67-50 run on all top-rated college football picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Iowa vs. Kent State and just revealed its college football picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see its picks. Here are several college football odds and betting lines for Iowa vs. Kent State:

  • Iowa vs. Kent State spread: Iowa -22.5
  • Iowa vs. Kent State over-under: 54 points
  • Iowa: 10-0 overall as a double-digit home favorite since 2010; 4-6 against the spread
  • Kent State: 0-9 as double-digit road underdog since 2018; 3-6 ATS
Featured Game | Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Kent State Golden Flashes

What you need to know about Iowa

Despite Iowa's convincing start to 2021, the Hawkeyes are winning without much offensive efficiency. Quarterback Spencer Petras has only completed 50-percent of his passes, and as a team, the offense has only rushed for three yards per attempt. Unimpressive yardage totals aren't as big of a deal when a team is scoring, however, and Iowa got offensive touchdowns from running back Tyler Goodson and wide receiver Charlie Jones in their 27-17 win over Iowa State last weekend.

Iowa's defense has led the conversation concerning the team's success, and the Hawkeyes have two of the nation's best defensive backs so far this year. Seniors Riley Moss and Matt Hankins each have two interceptions and seven combined passes defensed.

What you need to know about Kent State

Iowa's offense should have no trouble getting back on track against the Kent State defense, the question is whether or not it will be able to keep up with the Golden Flashes' offense. Kent State effectively had last week's game against VMI decided by halftime, after it got out to a 39-0 lead.

Kent State has only turned the ball over twice in two games this season, which is all the more impressive considering it runs an average of 78 plays per game. Including quarterback Dustin Crum, the Golden Flashes have three players that have all rushed for at least 130 yards already this season. Sophomore running back Marquez Cooper leads the group with 161 yards and an 8.1 yards per carry average. 

How to make Iowa vs. Kent State picks

The model has simulated Iowa vs. Kent State 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning over on the point total, and it's also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's Iowa vs. Kent State pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Iowa vs. Kent State? And which side of the spread is a must-back? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the computer model that has crushed its college football picks, and find out.