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Iowa State vs. Washington State - 12/28/18 - Alamo Bowl - College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Iowa State Cyclones (8-4) at Washington State Cougars (10-2)
Date & Time Friday December 28, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Washington State Cougars -3 -- Over/Under: 56
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Washington State Cougars take the field with the Iowa State Cyclones in the Alamo Bowl in Friday college football.

The Iowa State Cyclones went 7-1 down the stretch with the lone loss coming at Texas. Iowa State was ordinary offensively with 359 yards producing 26.8 points. The Cyclones defense was the driving force behind the team’s success with 351 yards and 22.5 points allowed.

Brock Purdy paced the ISU passing attack, connecting on 66.3% of his passes for 1,935 yards for 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Hakeem Butler was the star of the ISU receiving corps with 1,126 yards on 51 receptions with an eye popping 22.1 yard average.

The Cyclones rushing attack revolved around David Montgomery who totaled 1,092 yards on 231 touches and 12 trips to the end zone. 

Washington State enjoyed a banner season at 10-2 with dominant numbers on both sides of the ball. Washington State racked up 463 yards and 38 points with the top ranked passing attack averaging 380 yards. The Cougars defense had plenty of bite as well with 346 yards and 23 points given up.

Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew was unstoppable as he completed 70.6% of his throws for 4,477 yards with 36 touchdowns and nine interceptions. 

Dezmon Patmon was the top WSU receiver with 55 catches for 740 yards while Davontavean Martin snagged 65 passes for 650 yards. The Cougars receiving corps was both deep and productive but the seldom used ground game was not with James Williams totaling 552 yards on 119 carries.

Under is 4-0-1 in Iowa State Cyclones last 5 non-conference games and over is 6-0 in Iowa State Cyclones last 6 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game and under is 4-0 in Iowa State Cyclones last 4 Friday games. Washington State Cougars are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12 and over is 4-0 in Washington State Cougars last 4 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game and under is 7-0-1 in Washington State Cougars last 8 games following a double-digit loss at home. 

Washington State looks formidable with their passing but as a guy who prefers defense I gravitate towards the Cyclones…

Pick:
Iowa State +3

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