Free Week 1 Prediction: Northern Iowa Panthers vs Iowa State Cyclones Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Iowa State Cyclones (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 31st 2019
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa
NCAA Football Spread: Cyclones -18.5
NCAA Betting Total: 41.5
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NCAA football is back and we have this battle of Iowa to look forward to this Saturday.
This game will take place on Saturday, August 31st at Jack Trice Stadium with a capacity of 61 500.
Northern Iowa Panthers
The Northern Iowa Panthers are coming of a reasonably successful season going 7-6 and making the playoffs. Head coach Mark Farley, who is in his 19th season with the team, will look to find a way to keep this team moving forward despite losing their starting QB.
Last year the team’s starter, Eli Dunne, threw for 2584 yards and had 18 scores, in a season that got him signed by the Falcons. Dunne, however, was later let go by the Falcons but considering he even got that chance in the NFL shows how good he was for this Panthers squad.
Head coach Mark Farley has had quite a job deciding who was going to replace him as they went into this years preseason camps with 4 QB’s. He ended up landing on Iowa native Will McElvain who will be making his debut.
The defense was decent last year especially in the secondary which was led by Xavier Williams who returns. He will, however, be switching from cornerback to safety as the team moves to a 3-3-5 defense. In both of the last 2 seasons he has had 4 picks, but it remains to be seen if the defensive changes will work for Williams and the team as a whole.
Iowa State Cyclones
The Iowa State Cyclones are coming off a turbulent year which saw them start the season 1-4 and eventually go on a 7-1 run towards the end of the year to make a bowl game.
Head coach Matt Campbell must be excited about his team this year, as that 7-1 run coincided with Brock Purdy taking over the reins at QB. With Purdy likely under center for the whole year the expectations are huge for this Cyclones side.
The one massive loss, however, was at the runningback position which saw Iowa lose David Montgomery to the Chicago Bears via the NFL Draft. The worries about losing such a talented player should be short lived as the Cyclones offensive line is expected to be great once again.
Another loss this team had was Hakeem Butler at wide receiver, who also went to the NFL. Once again it looks like the Cyclones are well equipped to deal with the loss as La’Michael Pettway transferred into the school from Arkansas and was their best receiver.
The defense for this team was lights-out last year finishing 2nd overall in total defense in the Big 12. They also finished 1st overall in run defense and that shouldn’t change this year with 6, out of the 7 front 7 starters returning. The team’s secondary should also be very good and are well equipped to deal with the losses of Brian Peavy and D’Andre Payne.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Iowa’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Iowa State
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Iowa’s last 5 games when playing Iowa State
- Iowa State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
This is one of those rare times I am willing to take a big favorite with a low total as I seriously struggle to see how the Panthers will move the ball. This seems like a game that could easily be 21-3 for the Cyclones at halftime. There are also lots of question marks with this Panthers side as they change defensive scheme and quarterbacks.
Playing against this cyclones defense is not an easy place to start for this Panthers team and I see them getting crushed and will end with the Cyclones covering.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Cyclones -18.5
Bet the cyclones minus the 18.5 and get the weekend kicked off right this Saturday.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Northern Iowa Panthers 10 – Iowa State Cyclones 37
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