Free Week 1 Prediction: Panthers vs Cyclones Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Iowa State Cyclones (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa
NCAA Football Spread: OFF
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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We have finally reached week one of the college football season with a full plate of games. The best part of a new season is that every team feels like they can have a good season, and that this is the season where they can reach all their goals.
One of the games to take place in week one takes place at Kack Trice Stadium. The Northern Iowa Panthers come to town to take on the Iowa State Cyclones.
These two teams played last year and the Panthers pulled the big upset winning by a final score of 25-20.
Northern Iowa Panthers
The Northern Iowa Panthers had a disappointing season last year, with the highlight coming when they beat the Iowa State Cyclones. The rest of the year they went 5-6 and finished in 4th place in the Missouri Valley.
Last year they played a brutal schedule, but they only lost one game by more then six points, so the season could have easily ended a different way, if they closed out games.
Eli Dunne is back as the starting quarterback this year, after starting in five games last year. The one thing he really needs to improve on this year is limiting turnovers.
Last year he threw eight interceptions, which is way too many in just five games played.
On the defensive side this team is good, if not great. They were ranked in the top two in the conference in both pass and rushing defense.
To win this game that defense is going to need to step up. This isn’t the same Iowa State team they played last year, and they are probably going to have to force a few turnovers to have a chance in this one.
Iowa State Cyclones
The Iowa State Cyclones only won three games in Matt Cambell’s first year as the man in charge of the program. But over the second half of the year they were in most games, and you could see the team taking big steps forward every week.
Junior quarterback Jacob Park is back to lead the offense after taking complete control of the job last year. The former five star recruit from Georgia passed for 1791 yards and 12 touchdowns last year.
He has a big arm and the buzz has been loud around camp this season about what he will be able to help the offense accomplish.
On the defensive side of the ball a big issue was on the defensive line. They hoped to have filled that with the signing of three junior college transfers.
Last year the line couldn’t create any pressure up front, and it really hurt the whole defense. If those guys can come in this whole defense will take a huge step forward.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
Coming into this game the Northern Iowa Panthers have to have a lot of confidence after pulling the big upset last year.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: There is no line yet. A final score prediction is provided below.
But this is a different Iowa State team, and they finally seemed to have their quarterback position figured out.
I think the Cyclones will win a game that is still relatively close.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Cyclones 24 – Panthers 17
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