Free Week 2 Prediction: Cyclones vs. Hawkeyes Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(0-0) Iowa State Cyclones vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 8th 2018
Time: 5:00 pm EST
Venue: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
NCAA Football Spread: Hawkeyes -4
NCAA Betting Total: 49
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A lot of times there intra-state, inter-conference battles are at the end of the season but these guys always play this one up front. There is no doubt which is the big brother and little brother in this matchup.
This will be ISU’s first game of the season after last week’s cancellation, that could be a disadvantage. Iowa had little trouble in their opener, a home win over Northern Illinois.
Iowa State Cyclones
The Cyclones are coming off their best season in a long time, with eight wins including a Liberty Bowl win. Matt Campbell has shown that he is one of the better coaches around but needs consistency to cement that perception. .
As a quarterback in the B12 during the Baker Mayfield era it was hard to get too much attention but Kyle Kempt was really good last year for the Cyclones. He might have come out on occasion for LB/QB Joel Lanning could pick up short yardage first downs but Kempt was an accurate and effective passer.
Last year these two programs played a wild one, with the Cyclones losing 44-41. The loss showed they were ready to compete and they did, eventually beating playoff bound Oklahoma. It might be tough to be as game ready this season without having played at all.
Iowa seems to always be a sleeper in the Big Ten. If you believe the preseason hype there are five great teams in the league and there is a team like the Hawkeyes that nobody wants to play because they can beat you if you are not up for the fight. They looked mostly sharp in their opening win.
Coming into the season Iowa had high hopes for a prolific offense led by junior QB Nathan Stanley. Behind an always strong offensive line he was less than impressive against Northern Illinois. The Huskies are supposed to have a nice defense but still he was not all that sharp. They need to get their offense humming if trey are going to compete with the elite teams in the conference.
Last year these programs played a barn burner and the Hawkeyes defense had trouble stopping running back David Montgomery. That is something they are going to have to tighten up but they could give more focus to the Cyclones ground game as their receivers are not as impressive this season and the passing game might be a little out of sync due to the fact that it is the first game of the year.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 5-0 in Cyclones last 5 games on fieldturf.
- Under is 5-0 in Cyclones last 5 road games.
- Cyclones are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- Hawkeyes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
- Hawkeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
- Hawkeyes are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Pick
The line shows you that the gap between these programs is not all that great. I am still a little challenged by the fact that at least we have one real data point for this season for Iowa but not Iowa State. .
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Iowa -4
Though I always love a good upset special in a game like this there are just too many known quantities for the Hawkeyes in this spot. It looks like the line is coming down too so maybe you can get a -3 on Saturday.
Look for Iowa to play a brand of efficient football that will be tough for the Cyclones to match as they have the inevitable first game hiccups.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Iowa 33 – Iowa State 24
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