Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Iowa State Cyclones CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/13/14
Iowa State Cyclones (0-2) at Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Kinnick Stadium)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Iowa State Cyclones and Iowa Hawkeyes will play a week 3 matchup on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
The Iowa State Cyclones were a lot more competitive against Kansas State than they were against North Dakota State, but they still find themselves 0-2 on the season. The Cyclones are ranked towards the bottom of every offensive category, as quarterback Sam B. Richardson is really their only playmaker. Richardson is completing 67.2 percent of his passes for 336 yards, but he’s also leading Iowa State with 90 rushing yards. Not good. Iowa State needs to find somebody else who can make plays offensively because being 101st in passing yards and 112th in rushing yards leads to nowhere fast. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing 488.5 yards a game and nearly seven yards per play. Jevohn Miller leads the Cyclones with 20 tackles and freshman Robby Garcia has 1.5 tackles for loss.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes improve to 2-0 on the season after a close victory over Ball State. Quarterback Jake Rudock is the Hawkeyes heartbeat on offense, as he’s completing 68.8 percent of his passes for four touchdowns, but he’s also leading Iowa with 53 rushing yards. Like Iowa State, you’d like to see somebody else make an impact in the running game, but the lack of running success hasn’t hurt the Hawkeyes the same way as the Cyclones. Iowa is still averaging 428 yards of total offense and is picking up better than 50 percent of its third down attempts. Defensively, the Iowa Hawkeyes are allowing 312 yards a game and just under five yards per play. Jordan Lomax and Louis Trinca-Pasat lead Iowa with 18 tackles, while Drew Ott has two sacks to his name.
The Cyclones are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 vs. Big Ten and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The Hawkeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Cyclones are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Iowa.
The last three meetings between these two teams have been decided by single digits. Sure, Iowa is the better team and should win, but at the end of the day this is a rivalry. When that's the case a lot of stuff gets thrown out of the window. Give me as many points as possible.