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NCAA College Football Sports Betting – Iowa State at Oklahoma State

The Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-1 SU, 7-0 ATS), coming off their only loss of the season, and a tough one, will try to rebound and stay in the Big 12 title picture on Saturday when they take on the Iowa State Cyclones (2-6 SU, 3-4 ATS) in NCAA college football sports betting action that is set to get underway at 3:30 PM ET at Boone Pickens Stadium (artificial turf) in Stillwater, OK.

Saturday, November 1
BetUS NCAAF Betting Odds: OKLAHOMA STATE -30.5

Here are some of the NCAA college football sports betting trends as they relate to this matchup:

* ISU has covered one of its last five games
* ISU has lost its last five games SU
* ISU has covered three of its last 11 road games
* ISU has lost its last five road games SU
* ISU has played five of its last seven road games UNDER the total
* OSU has covered its last eight games
* OSU has won eight of its last nine games SU
* OSU has won eight of its last ten home games SU
* ISU has covered five of the last seven meetings

Iowa State fared pretty well on the defensive end in the renewal of their yearly rivalry against Iowa, holding the Hawkeyes to just 240 yards from scrimmage as Kirk Ferentz’s team was in the middle of a quarterback transition. Since then, however, it has been a nightmarish experience for the Cyclones, who have given up 34, 35, 38, 35 and 49 points in the last five games, and to date is allowing the opposition to complete a whopping 68% of its passes for 16 touchdowns, Of course, the figure is that low because ISU has also yielded 17 rushing touchdowns.

There are apparently no offensive malfunctions on the Oklahoma State that ISU can exploit at this time. True, the Cowboys, who are currently averaging 43.6 points a game, were slowed down by the athletic Texas stop unit (gaining 416 yards). But there are enough weapons that are high-functioning. Kendall Hunter had 161 yards against Texas, and is 4th in the nation in rushing yards per game. Zac Robinson is fourth in the country in passing efficiency, and has thrown just one interception in his last six games. Receiver Dez Bryant has been brilliant, with four games in which he’s gained more than 100 yards through the air (two of those games with 200 or more!).

Iowa State’s effort against the sieve-like Texas A&M defense last week (35 points, 574 yards) was a bit out of character for them. Austen Arnaud (9 TD’s, 4 INT’s) threw for 371 yards in that game, which was far and away his best outing as a collegian. Overall, however, there is not enough of an arsenal to trade points, and not enough of a running game to keep the Cowboys off the field for long.

Almost as important as the fundamentals before us is the fact that the technical numbers tell us quite a bit. Iowa State is not a good traveler, covering three of its last 11 away from home. Oklahoma State has been a good investment for its backers, covering every game this season that has been posted on the board. And OSU has covered its last nine outing as a double-digit favorite, so they know how to turn the knife against outclassed opposition. This is one of those cases, and so we will count on Mike Gundy’s team being able to get past the fact that last week’s loss to Texas may have dashed their national title hopes, and look for them to pull away in this one.

It’s Oklahoma State, the 30.5-point favorite in the BetUS NCAA college football betting odds.

Our PLAY: OKLAHOMA STATE -30.5 **

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