Free Week 2 Prediction: Hawkeyes vs Cyclones Odds
Week 2 College football betting sees the Iowa Hawkeyes taking on the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday September 12th at L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
The battle of the Iowa’s takes to the field Saturday afternoon in Ames as the Iowa Hawkeyes out of the Big 10 take on the Iowa State Cyclones from the Big 12.
The two teams met on 9/13 of last year in what ended up being a thriller. Iowa State drove down the field and ended up hitting a game winning field goal with just 2 seconds left to silence the sold out Hawkeye crowd.
This season, both teams on paper expect to be just as close and their Week 1 performances reflect that.
Both teams threw up a 31 spot against their respect opponents while allowing 14 points (Iowa) and 7 points (Iowa State).
The Hawkeyes saw QB Jake Rudock transfer to Michigan to become the starter which left them with a couple questions. CJ Beathard was given the starting nod and he impressed in game one as QB.
Beathard threw for 211 yards and a touchdown in the Hawkeyes 31-14 win. Beathard got the receivers all involved as Jordan Canzeri had 4 receptions for 90 yards, Matt VandeBerg had 6 receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown, and Jacob Hillyer and Tevaun Smith had 5 receptions combined.
Iowa also went to their bread butter as they dominated in the running game. LeShun Daniels Jr rushed for 123 yards on 26 carries to lead the way for the Hawkeyes. Jordan Canzeri added 5 rushes for 28 yards and a touchdown.
The Hawkeyes defense stood tall allowing Illinois State to only 231 yards and Drew Ott recorded a pair of sacks in the win.
The Cyclones took on fellow Iowa school Northern Iowa and dominated them in all aspects of the game en route to a 31-7 victory.
Sam Richardson passed for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns as he looks to erase a terrible 2014 season. His lone successful game did come against the Iowa Hawkeyes however last year.
Richardson went 25 for 36 with 255 yards and 2 touchdowns. He led the Cyclones down the field and set up the eventual game winning field goal.
The Cyclones defense really turned their Week 1 victory around after Dale Pierson intercepted a pass and returned it into UNI territory. At the time, the Cyclones trailed 7-0.
In total, the Cyclones defense forced 2 turnovers and held UNI to just 176 pass yards in the game.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Hawkeyes are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in September.
- Hawkeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12.
- Cyclones are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Cyclones are 14-4 ATS in their last 18 vs. Big Ten.
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Prediction
This, like last season, is essentially a coin flip. Both teams like to control the clock and establish a run game, which could set us up for another low scoring rivalry game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Iowa State ATS
The home field advantage here gives the Cyclones the slight edge. Richardson looked extremely good in Week 1, granted it was against UNI, but still. Expect him to play similar to how he did last season against Iowa en route to a Cyclones home win.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Iowa State 20- Iowa 10
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