People have already touted the orange bowl matchup of Georgia Teach against Iowa as being the least attractive, but this could end up being the most exciting game. The ninth ranked Yellow Jackets and their high-powered offense will faceoff against a stingy tenth ranked Hawkeyes defense when the teams meet on January 5th in Miami. Georgia’s spread offense has been the key to its success leading them to an 11-2 record and a 39-34 victory over Clemson in the ACC championship game. The victory marked the first time the Yellow Jackets have won the crown since sharing the title with Florida Sate in 1998. Iowa on the other hand brings a stellar shut down defense and a 10-2 overall record. The Hawkeyes were 9-0 to start before losing 17-10 to the hands of Northwestern on November 7th 2009. In the process they lost their starting quarterback who would go on to miss the final two regular season games as well. However, he expects to be healthy for this matchup. Georgia Tech is playing in a BCS bowl game for the first time and making its first major postseason appearance since 1967, which was ironically also the Orange Bowl. Iowa’s only BCS appearance was also in the Orange Bowl in 2003 in which they suffered a loss to Southern California. These teams have never met, and should be a very entertaining game. Listed below are your betting lines, odds and our predictions for this Iowa State vs Georgia Tech Orange Bowl.
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Iowa vs. Georgia Tech Betting Line and Odds:
Iowa +5.5 (-110)
vs Georgia Tech -5.5 (-110)
Over 50.5 (-110)
Under 50.5 (-110)
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Iowa vs Georgia Tech Orange Bowl Predictions:
Final Score Prediction – Iowa 30 Georgia Tech 27
Spread Prediction- Under quarterback Ricky Stanzi, the Hawkeyes were undefeated prior to his injury against Northwestern. His return and also the return of leading rusher Adam Robinson will be the difference in this game. Defense wins championships and Iowa brings one of the best defenses in the country, ranked 11 in overall defense. The most important statistic is that Stanzi lead the Hawkeyes to a school-record four wins by three points or fewer. This type of clutch performance leads to championships. Take IOWA to beat this 5.5 point spread.
Over/Under- Both teams have high powered offenses. Georgia Tech has the second best ground game in the nation averaging 307.2 yards on the ground and 442.7 total offensive yards per game. The Yellow Jackets are 11th in the country with 35.3 points per game. Prior to his injury Stanzi was averaging 330.8 yards per game, good for 93rd in the nation. Expect points to be piling up on the scoreboard in this one, Bet the OVER 50.5 total points.
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