Washington State vs. Iowa State - Alamo Bowl - 12/28/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa State Cyclones (8-4) at Washington State Cougars (10-2)
College Football: Friday, December 28, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Alamodome)
The Line: Washington State Cougars -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The 24th ranked Iowa State Cyclones & 13th ranked Washington State Cougars will face off at the Alamodome December 28th in the Alamodome.
The 24th ranked Iowa State Cyclones had all they could handle from the FCS Drake Bulldogs during the last week of the regular season, however, the Cyclones won 7 of their last 8 regular season games and advanced to their 2nd straight Bowl Game under Matt Campbell after finishing their regular season with an overall record of 8-4 (6-3 Big 12). Iowa State’s biggest win of the season came in a dominant 30-14 victory at home vs. West Virginia and the Cyclones will look to make it a 2nd consecutive Bowl victory after defeating the Memphis Tigers, 21-20, last year in the Liberty Bowl.
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On the season, Iowa State is averaging 26.8 ppg on 359.0 total yards per game (234.8 passing yds/g; 124.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Iowa State has been led by RB David Montgomery who had 12 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 99.3 rushing yds/g on 21.0 att/g. QB Brock Purdy completed 66.3% of his passes for 16 TD & 5 INT while averaging 215.0 passing yds/g on 21.4 att/g. The top receivers for Purdy and the Cyclones have been Hakeem Butler (4.3 rec/g; 93.8 yds/g; 9 TD), Tarique Milton (2.8 rec/g; 34.8 yds/g; TD), and Deshaunte Jones (3.5 rec/g; 30.0 yds/g; 4 TD).
Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 22.5 ppg on 351.0 total yards per game (228.8 passing yds/g; 122.3 rushing yds/g). The Cyclones forced 15 turnovers on the season and finished the regular season with a turnover margin of -1.
The 13th ranked Washington State Cougars and their top-ranked passing attack had another outstanding season under Mike Leach and advanced to their 4th consecutive Bowl Game after finishing the season with a 10-2 (7-2 Pac-12 North). Washington State had a 7-game winning streak during the regular season, however, lost their biggest game of the season to the Washington Huskies in the Apple Cup which cost the Cougars a chance to play in the Pac-12 Championship.
On the season, Washington State is averaging 38.3 ppg on 461.8 total yards per game (379.8 passing yds/g; 82.1 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington State has been led by QB Gardner Minshew II who completed 70.6% of his passes for 36 TD & 9 INT while averaging 373.1 passing yds/g. The top receivers for Minshew and the Cougars have been Dezmon Patmon (4.6 rec/g; 61.7 yds/g; 4 TD), Davontavean Martin (5.4 rec/g; 54.2 yds/g; 8 TD), and Easop Winston Jr. (4.0 rec/g; 50.9 yds/g; 8 TD). Leading the way for the Washington State backfield has been RB James Williams who had 12 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 46.0 rushing yds/g. Williams is a major threat in the Cougars passing attack also as he has 4 receiving TD’s on the season while averaging 46.7 receiving yds/g on 6.3 rec/g.
Defensively, Washington State is allowing their opponents to average 23.1 ppg on 345.3 total yards per game (208.8 passing yds/g; 136.6 rushing yds/g). The Cougars forced 20 turnovers on the season and finished the regular season with a turnover margin of +6.
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I’m a big fan of the job that Matt Campbell has done with Iowa State however, I think it’s going to be hard for the Cyclones to find success agianst the Cougars in this game. Washington State’s passing attack should be able to find success agianst the 62nd ranked Cyclones passing defense as I think the Cougars 30th ranked total defense will be able to slow down David Montgomery & Brock Purdy, I’m taking Washington State to cover this small spread.