Iowa (1-0) vs. Iowa State (1-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 12, 2015, 4:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Iowa State +3.5 -- Over/Under: 52.5
The Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones meet Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are coming off a 31-14 victory over Illinois State. C.J. Beathard is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 211 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Beathard has now thrown four touchdowns in his last four games. Jordan Canzeri and Matt VandeBerg have combined for more than 140 receiving yards and one touchdown while Tevaun Smith has three receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 210 yards per contest, and LeShun Daniels, Jr. leads the way with 123 yards on 26 carries. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 14 points and 231 yards per game. Cole Fisher leads the Hawkeyes with eight tackles, Drew Ott has two sacks and Ben Niemann has 2.5 tackles for loss.
The Iowa State Cyclones are coming off a 31-7 victory over Northern Iowa. Sam Richardson is completing 72.4 percent of his passes for 233 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Richardson completed just 56.3 percent of his passes last season. Dondre Daley and Quenton Bundrage have combined for more than 120 receiving yards and one touchdown, while Allen Lazard has a touchdown on four receptions. The Iowa State Cyclones ground game is averaging 77 yards per contest, and Tyler Brown leads the way with 68 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing seven points and 302 yards per game. Jarnor Jones leads the Cyclones with nine tackles, Dale Pierson has three sacks and Kamari Cotton-Moya has two tackles for loss.
The Hawkeyes are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in September and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12. The Cyclones are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 4-13 ATS in their last 17 meetings.
Iowa State has won three of the last four meetings against Iowa and has covered 13 of the last 17 meetings. Needless to say, the Cyclones are a good bet when these two teams meet. It seems like Iowa State never gets respect from oddmakers, but you're giving me free points with the better team ATS at home with a veteran QB?