Iowa State vs. West Virginia - 11/26/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West Virginia Mountaineers (8-2) at Iowa State Cyclones (3-8)
College Football: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Jack Trice Stadium)
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones +7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The West Virginia Mountaineers and Iowa State Cyclones meet Saturday afternoon in a Big 12 college football game at Jack Trice Stadium on FS1.
The West Virginia Mountaineers hope for a bounce back victory after getting smoked by the Oklahoma Sooners last week. The West Virginia Mountaineers have lost five of their last eight road games. Skyler Howard is completing 62.8 percent of his passes for 2,753 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Howard has one touchdown pass in five of his last eight games. Daikiel Shorts Jr. and Shelton Gibson have combined for 1,543 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Ka'Raun White has 46 receptions. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game is averaging 229.1 yards per contest, and Justin Crawford leads the way with 930 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, West Virginia is allowing 24.1 points and 417.3 yards per game. Justin Arndt leads the West Virginia Mountaineers with 63 tackles, Noble Nwachukwu has three sacks and Rasul Douglas has seven interceptions.
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The Iowa State Cyclones look to finish the season on a strong note by winning a third straight game. The Iowa State Cyclones haven’t had a three-game winning streak since the start of the 2012 CFB season. Joel Lanning is completing 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,290 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Lanning and Jacob Park have combined for 21 touchdown passes this season. Allen Lazard and Deshaunte Jones have combined for 1,368 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Dondre Daley has 22 receptions. The Iowa State Cyclones ground game is averaging 160.2 yards per contest, and Mike Warren leads the way with 562 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing 29.7 points and 438.4 yards per game. Willie Harvey leads the Iowa State Cyclones with 71 tackles, Jhaustin Thomas has three sacks and Jomal Wiltz has two interceptions.
The Mountaineers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on grass. The Cyclones are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The over is 7-2 in Cyclones last 9 games overall and the under is 23-9 in Mountaineers last 32 games overall.
I'm sorry, I'm not backing West Virginia on the road after what I saw against Oklahoma. The Mountaineers played so poorly in one of their biggest games in program history that it's not something you can forget about one week later. It's also the type of effort that could carry over, as there's a lot less to play for now. Meanwhile, Iowa State has won back-to-back games and has a chance for three straight wins for the first time since 2012. It's also senior day for the Cyclones, a team that has 23 seniors.
I'm taking my touchdown with the hot home team with the hook.