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LET'S MAKE SOME IOWA FOOTBALL 2014 PROP BETS

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Talkin' props.

Eric Francis

Our friends at Bovada released a host of player prop bets today, both on a national level and at the conference level.  Here are the Big Ten props:

Big Ten Leaders

NCAA 2014-2015 Season - Big Ten - Will Braxton Miller (Ohio State) lead the Big Ten in Total Offense?
Yes -140 (5/7)
No EVEN (1/1)

NCAA 2014-2015 Season - Big Ten - Will Braxton Miller (Ohio State) lead the Big Ten in Passing Touchdowns?
Yes +225 (9/4)
No -350 (2/7)

NCAA 2014-2015 Season - Big Ten - Who will have more Rushing Yards?
Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin) 1/1
Jeremy Langford (Michgan State) 3/1
David Cobb (Minnesota) 13/4
Tevin Coleman (Indiana) 7/2
Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska) 4/1

NCAA 2014-2015 Season - Big Ten - Who will have more Rushing Touchdowns?
Jeremy Langford (Michgan State) 2/1
Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin) 9/4
Tevin Coleman (Indiana) 5/2
Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska) 11/4
David Cobb (Minnesota) 15/4

NCAA 2014-2015 Season - Big Ten - Who will have more Receiving Yards?
Shane Wynn (Indiana) 2/1
Devin Funchess (Michigan) 9/4
Stefon Diggs (Maryland) 5/2
Devin Smith (Ohio State) 3/1
Kenny Bell (Nebraska) 13/4

NCAA 2014-2015 Season - Big Ten - Who will have more Receiving Touchdowns?
Devin Funchess (Michigan) 7/4
Devin Smith (Ohio State) 9/4
Shane Wynn (Indiana) 11/4
Stefon Diggs (Maryland) 13/4
Kenny Bell (Nebraska) 7/2

Notably absent from any of those prop bets?  Iowa players.  I don't think it's surprising, nor do I think it's evidence of some grand anti-Iowa agenda from the folks at Bovada; rather it's a commentary on the facts that a) Iowa doesn't usually have a stat-happy offense, b) Iowa hasn't had a standout offensive skill player since Marvin McNutt in 2011, and c) Iowa's best offensive player this year is an offensive tackle.  It's pretty hard to make a prop about how many opposing players Brandon Scherff will make look foolish.  (SPOILER: All of them.)

But that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun ourselves with some Iowa-specific prop bets.

1) OVER/UNDER: 19.5 TD passes for Jake Rudock.

Over the last decade, Iowa has had a QB throw for 20 or more TD passes four times (2004, 2005, 2010, 2011).  Will Rudock hit that mark this year?  (He threw 18 in 2013.)

2) OVER/UNDER 999.5 rushing yards for Mark Weisman.

Iowa hasn't had a RB crack 1000 yards on the ground since Marcus Coker in 2011.  Injuries derailed Weisman in 2012 (815 yards), but he came very close in 2013 (975 yards).  Will he hit the century mark in 2014?

3) OVER/UNDER 8.5 rushing touchdowns for Iowa's top rushing touchdown scorer this year.

That's kind of awkwardly phrased, but hey.  Weisman led Iowa with 8 rushing TDs apiece in 2012 and 2013.  In fact, 8 rushing TDs has led Iowa in 3 of the last 5 seasons (Brandon Wegher also led Iowa with 8 rushing TDs in 2009.) Does someone better that total this year?

4) OVER/UNDER 599.5 receiving yards for Iowa's top receiver this year.

Kevonte Martin-Manley led Iowa with 571 receiving yards in 2012. He led Iowa again with just 388 receiving yards in 2013.  Will Iowa have a receiver (not necessarily Martin-Manley) crack 600 yards this season?

5) OVER/UNDER 299.5 receiving yards for Derrick Willies.

Willies is the latest target of our infatuation.  Last year's crush, Damond Powell, racked up 291 receiving yards.  Will Willies rack up over 300 receiving yards or is he another Spring Game Hero?

6) OVER/UNDER 49.5 receptions for Kevonte Martin-Manley.

KMM had 52 receptions in 2012 and 40 receptions in 2013, both team-bests.  Another 50 receptions would put him near DJK's all-time career receptions mark.  Will KMM get within sniffing distance or will Iowa's passing game be too balanced?

7) OVER/UNDER 3.5 interceptions for Desmond King.

King is Iowa's best defensive back, but will that show up in the interception numbers?  BJ Lowery and Tanner Miller led Iowa defensive backs with 3 INTs apiece last year.  Greg Castillo and Tom Donatell each had 2 INTs to lead Iowa DBs in 2012.  Tanner Miller and Micah Hyde led Iowa DBs with 3 INTs apiece in 2011.  Shaun Prater and Micah Hyde each had 4 INTs in 2010, tops among Iowa CBs.  Will King hit 4 INTs this year?

8) OVER/UNDER 109.5 tackles for Quinton Alston.

The design of Iowa's defense funnels a lot of tackles to whoever's manning Iowa's MLB spot; this year that figures to be Quinton Alston.  Over the last five years, Iowa's top MLB has racked up the following tackle totals: 106, 113, 109, 70*, 145.  Where will Alston's tackle number rank this year?

* That was James Morris; if you factor in Jeff Tarpinian's 47 tackles, Iowa's MLB spot had 117 tackles in 2010.

9) OVER/UNDER 9.5 tackles for loss (TFL) for Louis Trinca-Pasat.

Iowa hasn't had a defensive lineman top 10 TFL since Mike Daniels (13.0) and Broderick Binns (11.5) in 2011.  But they have a solid history of DTs racking up big TFL numbers: Daniels (13 in 2011, 11 in 2010), Klug (13 in 2010 and 2009), King (15.5 in 2008, 14.5 in 2007). Can LTP hit double figures for Iowa this year?  He had 9.0 TFL in 2013.

10) OVER/UNDER 11.5 mentions of Brandon Scherff's hang clean feats of strength by game broadcasters.

Basically, do you think Scherff's hang clean heroics will get mentioned on every Iowa regular season broadcast this year?

Hit up the comments with your thoughts.  And feel free to opine on the B1G prop bets from Bovada, too.