Iowa State vs. Baylor - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baylor Bears (4-0) at Iowa State Cyclones (1-3)
College Football: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Jack Trice Stadium)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones +16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Baylor Bears and Iowa State Cyclones square off in a Big 12 matchup Saturday afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium on FS1.
The Baylor Bears look to remain unbeaten on the season and snag another road victory. Seth Russell is completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 1,148 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. Russell has two or more touchdown passes in 11 straight games. KD Cannon and Chris Platt have combined for 562 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Ishmael Zamora has eight receptions. The Baylor Bears ground game is averaging 245.5 yards per contest, and Terence Williams leads the way with 284 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Baylor is allowing 13.5 points and 310 yards per game. Aiavion Edwards leads the Bears with 33 tackles, K.J. Smith has 2.5 sacks and Orion Stewart has three interceptions.
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The Iowa State Cyclones have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since the 2013 season. Joel Lanning is completing 55.8 percent of his passes for 605 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. Lanning has two or more touchdown passes in three of his last six games. Allen Lazard and Trever Ryen have combined for 429 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Deshaunte Jones has six receptions. The Iowa State Cyclones ground game is averaging 125.5 yards per contest, and Mike Warren leads the way with 256 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing 29.5 points and 403.8 yards per game. Reggan Northrup leads the Cyclones with 32 tackles, Jhaustin Thomas has two sacks and Jomal Wiltz has one interception.
The Bears are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cyclones are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 6-17-3 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Bears are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Iowa State.
Iowa State is usually good for an upset a year and should have a packed house with a ranked team coming to town. However, none of those come into play here. Iowa State has had issues taking care of the football this season and continues to struggle big time on defense. If that wasn't enough, Baylor has dropped a combined 165 points in the last three meetings against the Cyclones. Iowa State simply doesn't have the horses to hang in this game and is likely going to get run off their field once again.
Baylor wins in a blowout.