Our Friday two-team parlay features two college football conference matchups when the Iowa Hawkeyes visit TCF Bank Stadium to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a Big Ten clash and the East Carolina Pirates visit Nippert Stadium to play the No. 7 ranked Cincinnati Bearcats in an American Athletic Association showdown.
Iowa Hawkeyes at Minnesota Golden Gophers: IOWA -3.5; Total 58
A tough Iowa defense that is among the top 20 in the nation in yards allowed and points allowed per game visits a struggling Minnesota defense on Friday. Minnesota has given up 40 points or more in each of its last two games which resulted in losses to Michigan and Maryland. The Golden Gophers did defeat Illinois 41-14 in their most recent outing but the Illini are likely the worst team this season in the Big Ten. Minnesota is 112th in total yards allowed and 113th in yards allowed on the ground. Iowa opened the season with losses to Purdue and Northwestern by a combined five points after scoring just 20 points in both games. However, Iowa bounced back strongly with a big victory over Michigan State last week 49-7. The Hawkeyes had 226 yards rushing and limited Michigan State to just 286 yards of total offense while forcing the Spartans to turn the ball over three times. Iowa has a very strong running game and that is the weakness of the Minnesota defense and the Golden Gophers will have problems all night trying to stop the Iowa running game. Lay the points and take the road chalk.
1st Part of College Football Parlay: Iowa Hawkeyes -3.5
East Carolina Pirates at Cincinnati Bearcats: CIN -27.5; Total 55.5
The No. 7 ranked Cincinnati Bearcats are nearly a four-touchdown favorite in this match up with East Carolina at home on Friday. Cincinnati is 5-1 ATS in the last six played against an American Athletic Conference opponent. Cincinnati has dominated each of its opponents this season thanks to a suffocating defense, which has held opponents to only 10 points per game. The Bearcats offense has improved each time out and is averaging 487.4 yards per game while scoring an average of 43 points per game over its last three games. The Bearcats have won each of the last three games by 28 or more points that have included victories over Memphis and SMU, two teams that were expected to battle for the AAC title this season. East Carolina is 1-5 straight up and 3-3 ATS. The Pirates have had solid games offensively, but will not be able to move the ball with any regularity against Cincinnati and the Pirates defense is allowing 37.2 points per game. Although a four-touchdown spread is hard to cover, Cincinnati will succeed with ease. Lay the points and take the home chalk.
2nd Part of College Football Parlay: Cincinnati Bearcats -27.5
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