Iowa State vs. Iowa - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iowa State vs. Iowa - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Hawkeyes (1-0) at Iowa State Cyclones (1-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Jack Trice Stadium)

The Line: Iowa State Cyclones +3 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones meet Saturday in college football action at Jack Trice Stadium.

The Iowa Hawkeyes look for a quick 2-0 start after beating up on Wyoming in their season opener. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won four of their last five road games. Nate Stanley is completing 53.3 percent of his passes for 124 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Stanley has three touchdown passes on 24 career pass attempts. Nick Easley and Noah Fant have combined for 106 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Matt VandeBerg has two receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 138 yards per contest, and Akrum Wadley leads the way with 116 yards on 24 carries. Defensively, Iowa is allowing three points and 233 yards per game. Josey Jewell leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 14 tackles, A.J. Epenesa has one sack and Joshua Jackson has one interception.

The Iowa State Cyclones also look to remain unbeaten after beating Northern Iowa in their season opener. The Iowa State Cyclones have lost five of their last eight home games. Jacob Park is completing 77.1 percent of his passes for 271 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Park has two touchdown passes in five of his last six games. Allen Lazard and Hakeem Butler have combined for 183 receiving yards and one touchdown while Trever Ryen has six receptions. The Iowa State Cyclones ground game is averaging 134 yards per contest, and David Montgomery leads the way with 82 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing 24 points and 378 yards per game. Brian Peavy leads the Iowa State Cyclones with 10 tackles, Willie Harvey has one sack and Kamari Cotton-Moya has one interception.

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The Hawkeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 17-5 ATS in their last 22 road games. The Cyclones are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 meetings, the road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. and the under is 9-2-1 in the last 12 meetings.

Iowa State has actually won three of the last six games against Iowa, and you can never count out anybody in a rivarly game. However, the Hawkeyes are simply the better team here on both sides of the ball and the defense is what will be the difference in this game. Iowa State scored just three points in last years game against the Hakweyes and was just 3-15 on third down. With the way the Hakweyes looked against Wyoming in their season opener, this will be another contest where the Cyclones struggle to move the football. I'll take Iowa and the low line on the road.  

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Randy’s Pick Iowa Hawkeyes -3

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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