The Iowa Hawkeyes were ranked fifth in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings, and Todd Fuhrman is not happy about it.
“Most overrated team in the country – and it’s by a long shot,” the Vegas virtuoso and sportsline.com analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I spoke to one oddsmaker who said he was surprised. He only had 19 teams rated better than the Hawkeyes in their current list of accomplishments.”
The Hawkeyes are 2-0 against ranked teams and 9-0 overall.
“If you look at Iowa, they’re a nice team,” Fuhrman allowed. “Kirk Ferentz has his team playing mistake-free football. They’re not going to wow you with flash and dash. They’re playing it by the book. But the reality of it is, you look at this team, they were blown out in a bowl game by Tennessee (last year) – and I know that was a different football team – but their marquee wins this year supposedly are road wins at Wisconsin and at Northwestern. Alabama, Ole Miss – take your pick of an SEC-West program that wouldn’t go into Kinnick Stadium, smack Iowa between the teeth and knock them from the ranks of the unbeaten.”
Iowa closes the regular season with home games against Minnesota (4-5) and Purdue (2-7) and a road game against Nebraska (4-6).
“They have a couple tests remaining,” Fuhrman said. “Against Minnesota won’t be a walk in the park on Saturday night, but I think they lose in Lincoln (on Nov. 27). And if they (don’t lose) there, they will lose to Ohio State as a double-digit dog in the Big Ten Championship.”
DA wondered what that line would look like should Iowa face Ohio State or Michigan State at Lucas Oil Stadium on Dec. 5.
“Well, Iowa/Michigan State is a different story,” Fuhrman said. “That game is real close to a pick-em. Oddsmakers have not been high on the Spartans all season long either, as indicted by the fact that Michigan State went off as about a four-point chalk for their trip to Lincoln a week ago. Now against Ohio State, (it’s) a much different story. You’re talking about the Buckeyes. Assuming they maintain the status quo and don’t look terrible or extremely dominant, you’re talking about them (being) a 12- or 12-and-a-half-point favorite in that game.”