Iowa State vs. Kansas State - 10/29/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas State Wildcats (4-3) at Iowa State Cyclones (1-6)
College Football: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Jack Trice Stadium)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports
The Kansas State Wildcats and Iowa State Cyclones meet Saturday afternoon in a Big 12 college football game at Jack Trice Stadium.
The Kansas State Wildcats look for their first road victory of the season to build on their decent 4-3 record. The Kansas State Wildcats have lost six of their last seven road games overall. Jesse Ertz is completing 54.1 percent of his passes for 927 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. Ertz has two touchdown passes in his last four games. Dominique Heath and Byron Pringle have combined for 564 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Deante Burton has 17 receptions. The Kansas State Wildcats ground game is averaging 184 yards per contest, and Charles Jones leads the way with 402 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Kansas State is allowing 21 points and 343.6 yards per game. Elijah Lee leads the Kansas State Wildcats with 58 tackles, Jordan Willis has eight sacks and D.J. Reed has two interceptions.
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The Iowa State Cyclones are desperate for a feel good victory after losing six of their first seven games. The Iowa State Cyclones have just two Big 12 victories since the 2014 season. Joel Lanning is completing 59.5 percent of his passes for 1,169 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Lanning has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last nine games. Allen Lazard and Deshaunte Jones have combined for 739 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Trever Ryen has 24 receptions. The Iowa State Cyclones ground game is averaging 138.4 yards per contest, and Mike Warren leads the way with 496 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing 32.6 points and 460.9 yards per game. Willie Harvey leads the Iowa State Cyclones with 46 tackles, Jhaustin Thomas has three sacks and Kamari Cotton-Moya has one interception.
The Wildcats are 43-19-1 ATS in their last 63 conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on grass. The Cyclones are 4-9-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Wildcats are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Iowa State and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings overall.
Iowa State isn't a team you look to back much, but the Cyclones have lost two home games this season by a combined eight points. Iowa State's other home game was a victory over San Jose State. So, say what you want, but Iowa State has played decent football at home and lost to Kansas State by just three points on the road last season. Iowa State has lost by a combined seven points to Kansas State in the last two meetings. Kansas State has also had trouble scoring consistently this season.
This is a winnable game for Iowa State, so I'm going to side with the points.