Iowa State Cyclones (3-8) at West Virginia Mountaineers (6-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 28, 2015, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -13.5 -- Over/Under:
The Iowa State Cyclones and West Virginia Mountaineers play Saturday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium.
The Iowa State Cyclones hope to end their season with their first road win since September of 2014. Joel Lanning is completing 56.6 percent of his passes for 1,083 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Lanning has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Allen Lazard and Quenton Bundrage have combined for 1,211 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while D'Vario Montgomery has 27 receptions. The Iowa State Cyclones ground game is averaging 190 yards per contest, and Mike Warren leads the way with 1,265 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing 32.9 points and 456.9 yards per game. Brian Peavy leads the Cyclones with 76 tackles, Dale Pierson has 8.5 sacks and Nigel Tribune as seven pass deflections. Mike Warren, Dondre Daley and Trever Ryen are questionable.
The West Virginia Mountaineers look for their third straight home win to improve their bowl quality. Skyler Howard is completing 57 percent of his passes for 2,130 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Howard has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Shelton Gibson and Jovon Durante have combined for 923 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Daikiel Shorts Jr. has 29 receptions. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game is averaging 244.4 yards per contest, and Wendell Smallwood leads the way with 1,234 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, West Virginia is allowing 24.8 points and 405.8 yards per game. Nick Kwiatkoski leads the Mountaineers with 65 tackles, Daryl Worley has four interceptions and Noble Nwachukwu has 6.5 sacks. Jared Barber, Jeremy Tyler and Terrell Chestnut are questionable.
The Cyclones are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 2-7-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games.
We all know how explosive West Virinia can be and how tough it is to win in Morgantown. However, Iowa State just lost to Oklahoma State and Kansas State by a combined seven points. The Cyclones aren't winning much, but they are competing. I'll take my chances with the points here.