Drake Bulldogs (7-3) at Iowa State Cyclones (7-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 1, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -42.5 -- Over/Under:
The Drake Bulldogs will travel to Jack Trice Stadium to take on the 25th ranked Iowa State Cyclones this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The FCS Drake Bulldogs won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-3 (6-2 Pioneer) on the season after defeating the Morehead State Eagles, 43-6, on November 17th. Drake led by just a 9-6 margin after the 1st quarter, however, scored 34 unanswered points the rest of the way to easily secure the victory. Drake outgained Morehead State by a 428-333 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was WR Steven Doran who had 5 receptions for 159 yards and 2 TD’s.
On the season, Drake is averaging 30.2 ppg on 355.7 total yards per game (265.0 passing yds/g; 90.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Drake has been led QB Grant Kraemer who has completed 56.7% of his passes for 25 TD & 12 INT while averaging 248.2 passing yds/g. The top receivers for the Bulldogs have been Steven Doran (5.2 rec/g; 91.8 yds/g; 12 TD), Devin Cates (4.1 rec/g; 51.7 yds/g; 3 TD), and Mitch McFarlane (3.1 rec/g; 34.6 yds/g; 5 TD). Leading the way for the Bulldogs backfield has been Drew Lauer who has 3 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 51.1 rushing yds/g on 14.2 att/g.
Defensively, Drake is holding their opponents to an average of 18.3 ppg on 298.3 total yards per game (203.2 passing yds/g; 95.1 rushing yds/g.
The 25th ranked Iowa State Cyclones improved to 7-4 (6-3 Big-12) on the season after defeating the Kansas State Jayhawks, 42-38, this past Saturday. Iowa State went down by a 38-21 margin with just 12:27 left in regulation, however, scored 21 unanswered points the rest of the way to secure the come from behind victory. Iowa State outgained Kansas State by a 493-428 margin however, did lose the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Cyclones was RB David Montgomery who had 149 rushing yards & 3 TD’s on 19 carries.
On the season, Iowa State is averaging 26.8 ppg on 366.8 total yards per game (241.6 passing yds/g; 152.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Iowa State has been led by RB David Montgomery who has 10 rushing TD’s on the season while averaging 94.7 rushing yds/g on 19.8 att/g. QB Brock Purdy has completed 66.1% of his passes for 15 TD & 5 INT while averaging 222.8 passing yds/g. The top receiving targets for the Cyclones have been Hakeem Butler (4.3 rec/g; 96.3 yds/g; 9 TD), Tarique Milton (2.8 rec/g; 36.6 yds/g; TD), and Deshaunte Jones (3.5 rec/g; 29.4 yds/g; 3 TD).
Defensively, Iowa State is allowing their opponents to average 22.4 ppg on 359.8 total yards per game (229.5 passing yds/g; 130.3 rushing yds/g).
Iowa State is 6-5 ATS in their 11 games on the season however, are 0-3 ATS in their last 3 games.
This game is a make up game for the Cyclones after their season opening game against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits was cancelled due to weather. Originally, they were going to play Incarnate Word, however, as Incarnate Word received an FCS playoff spot, Drake replaced them for this matchup. Drake is a solid FCS team with a decent defense, however, it’s hard to image that the Bulldogs will be able to slow down an Iowa State offense that loaded with talent. This game has yet to be lined, however, as it will be the last game of the season that the Cyclones can put on a show for the home crowd, I’m initially leaning on taking Iowa State to cover a huge number.