West Virginia vs. Iowa State - 11/4/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

West Virginia vs. Iowa State - 11/4/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State Cyclones (6-2) at West Virginia Mountaineers (5-3)

College Football: Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium)

The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -3 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Iowa State Cyclones and West Virginia Mountaineers meet Saturday in college football action at the Milan Puskar Stadium.

The Iowa State Cyclones look for their third win over a ranked team to stay in the conversation for a Big 12 title. The Iowa State Cyclones have won four straight road games. Kyle Kempt is completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 859 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Kempt has five touchdown passes and two interceptions in his last two games. Allen Lazard and Hakeem Butler have combined for 882 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Trever Ryen has 27 receptions. The Iowa State Cyclones ground game is averaging 112.8 yards per contest, and David Montgomery leads the way with 716 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing 18.8 points and 347.5 yards per game. Joel Lanning leads the Iowa State Cyclones with 87 tackles, Willie Harvey has 3.5 sacks and Kamari Cotton-Moya has three interceptions. 

The West Virginia Mountaineers look for a feel good victory here after splitting their last four games. The West Virginia Mountaineers have won nine of their last 11 home games. Will Grier is completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 2,752 yards, 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Grier has seven touchdown passes and four interceptions in his last two games. David Sills V and Gary Jennings have combined for 1,541 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Ka’Raun White has 39 receptions. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game is averaging 161.2 yards per contest, and Justin Crawford leads the way with 684 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, West Virginia is allowing 31.6 points and 460.3 yards per game. Al-Rasheed Benton leads the West Virginia Mountaineers with 68 tackles, Ezekiel Rose has 2.5 sacks and Kyzir White has three interceptions.

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The Cyclones are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Mountaineers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in November, 6-15 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss. The Cyclones are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings, the favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

The Iowa State Cyclones still can't get respect from oddmakers despite winning four straight games and beating two top-five teams during that span. You can argue Iowa State is the best team in the Big 12, and the defense has allowed a combined 20 points in its last three games. West Virginia continues this hot and cold play, and the Mountaineers defense has been downright awful, allowing 31 or more points in five straight games. There's just too much pressure on West Virginia's offense to produce time and time again with the way the defense gets gashed. We're simply getting free points with the better team, something that will make you a profit long term. Give me my free field goal with Iowa State.

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Randy’s Pick Iowa State Cyclones +3

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

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