Kansas vs. Iowa State - 11/8/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa State Cyclones (2-6) at Kansas Jayhawks (2-6)
College Football: Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Iowa State Cyclones and Kansas Jayhawks play Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The Iowa State Cyclones have lost four of their last five games and have to win out in order to reach a bowl game. Iowa State is led by Sam B. Richardson, who is completing 58.2 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. Richardson, who has scored nine total touchdowns and thrown two picks in his last three games, is probable for this matchup despite a shoulder injury. Iowa State has 11 passing plays of 25 or more yards and is averaging 10.3 yards per catch. Allen Lazard and D'Vario Montgomery have combined for more than 700 receiving yards and four touchdowns, while E.J. Bibbs has five touchdowns in his last four games. Iowa State’s ground game is averaging 3.5 yards per carry, as Richardson leads the way with 339 yards and three touchdowns, while Aaron Wimberly has scored four touchdowns. Defensively, the Iowa State Cyclones are allowing 38.3 points, 492.6 yards, and they’ve forced 10 turnovers and 11 sacks. Iowa State’s leading tackler Jevohn Milleris out for the season, T.J. Mutcherson has 61 tackles and Cory Morrissey has 6.5 tackles for loss.
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The Kansas Jayhawks have lost five straight games and are just waiting for this nightmare season to finish. Kansas has scored 21 or less points in six of its eight games and is averaging just 16.3 points overall. Michael Cummings is completing just 59.3 percent of his passes for four touchdowns and two interceptions. Cummings has five total touchdowns and one pick in his last two games. Kansas has 19 passing plays of 25 or more yards and is averaging 11.8 yards per catch. Nick Harwell and Jimmay Mundine have combined for more than 600 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Kansas’ ground game is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry, as Corey Avery and De'Andre Mann have combined for close to 800 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Kansas has rushed for less than 100 yards in three of its last four games. Defensively, the Kansas Jayhawks are allowing 32 points, 443.5 yards, and they’ve forced 14 turnovers and 11 sacks. Ben Heeney leads Kansas with 94 tackles and Michael Reynolds has five sacks.
The Cyclones are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Jayhawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
This is one of the uglier matchups you're going to find in the Big 12, as both of these teams are beyond brutal on both sides of the ball. However, Iowa State is the better of the two teams and has shown more life on the offensive side of the ball with a playmaker in Richardson at QB. The Kansas Jayhawks seem to be looking forward to the basketball season and are getting blown out on the daily. Take Iowa State to cover the number.