Toledo Rockets (4-2) at Iowa State Cyclones (1-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 11, 2014, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -5 -- Over/Under:
The Toledo Rockets will take on the Iowa State Cyclones Saturday afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium.
The Toledo Rockets have won three straight and will bring an explosive running game to Iowa that is averaging more than six yards per carry. Kareem Hunt and Terry Swanson have combined for close to 900 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, and that’s with Hunt missing the last two games with an ankle injury. Kareem Hunt remains questionable for this matchup. Logan Woodside has done a solid job in replacing Phillip Ely, as he’s completing 61.7 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and three interceptions. On the outside, Alonzo Russell and Corey Jones have combined for more than 800 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 67 receptions. Toledo is 18-2 SU in its last 20 regular season games when scoring 28 or more points. Defensively, the Toledo Rockets are allowing 32.8 points, 441.3 yards, and they’ve forced five turnovers and 15 sacks. Junior Sylvestre leads Toledo with 56 tackles and Trent Voss has four sacks.
The Iowa State Cyclones are off to a brutal start and need a win here before reentering a tough Big 12 schedule. Sam B. Richardson is doing what he can for the Cyclones at quarterback by completing 61 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and being second on the team with 153 rushing yards, but Iowa State is limited with offensive playmakers. Iowa State is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry and the Cyclones offensive line has allowed 11 sacks in five games. Senior tight end E.J. Bibbs is coming off a two-touchdown performance, but Iowa State has just seven passing plays that have produced 25 or more yards. The Cyclones desperately need a spark offensively. Defensively, the Iowa State Cyclones are allowing 33.8 points, 450.6 yards, and they’ve forced five turnovers and 10 sacks. Jevohn Miller leads Iowa State with 55 tackles and Cory Morrissey has 5.5 tackles for loss.
The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cyclones are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-8-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
I’d probably stay away from this game if I were you but for the sake of the article, Iowa State desperately needs a win and plays OK for the most part at home. The Cyclones are also the more physical team on the defensive side of the ball and should make a few game changing plays. Give me Iowa State by a touchdown.