Iowa State vs. South Dakota State - 9/1/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iowa State vs. South Dakota State - 9/1/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports

South Dakota State Jackrabbits (0-0) at Iowa State Cyclones (0-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Jack Trice Stadium)

The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -13 -- Over/Under: 53 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

The Iowa State Cyclones welcome the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in their college football season opener.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits finished 2017 at 11-3 behind an explosive offense that averaged over 37 points. South Dakota State lost their top running back receiver and tight end with the latter two in the NFL. The Jackrabbits get back Taryn Christion at quarterback with Isaac Wallace and Mikey Daniel take over the ground game.

Marquise Lewis becomes the top receiving option with WR Jake Wieneke and TE Dallas Goedert now playing on Sunday’s.  The SDSU defense returns seven starters and the expectations are for another solid season.

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The Iowa State Cyclones were 8-5 and outscored the opposition 29-21 on the way to a Bowl appearance. Iowa State received good news with quarterback Kyle Kempt getting a 6th year of eligibility. The Cyclones lose WR Allen Lazard but return Hakeem Butler, Matt Eaton, Deshaunte Jones and tight end Chase Allen. 

The ISU ground game features David Montgomery who brings back 1,146 rushing yards and gets to run behind an offensive line that gets back four starters. The Cyclones defense looks to be solid once again with a productive and deep line leading the way.

Over is 6-0 in South Dakota State last 6 non-conference games and over is 4-0 in South Dakota State last 4 games in September and South Dakota State are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big 12. Iowa State are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and under is 7-1 in Iowa State last 8 games overall and Iowa State are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September. 

Iowa State looks like a sold squad once again and  like them with the Jackrabbits losing some quality talent…

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Mark’s Pick Iowa State -12.5

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

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