The 18th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will travel to Jack Trice Stadium to take on the seventh-ranked Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday afternoon in the Cy-Hawk game. The Hawkeyes are 1-0 (1-0 in the Big Ten) and defeated the 17th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers 34-6 in their opening game where junior quarterback Spencer Petras went 13-of-27 for 145 yards without a touchdown or interception. The Cyclones are 1-0 so far this season and defeated the Northern Iowa Panthers 16-10 where senior quarterback Brock Purdy went 21-of-26 for 199 yards without a touchdown or interception either.
This game is going to have high intensity, especially with the cast of ESPN College Gameday there and the inter-state rivalry, so let’s take a closer look into the Hawkeyes and Cyclones to determine where we should bet here.
Line Movements & Weather
Iowa State has gone from -4 up to -4.5 at some shops and it has stayed true at -4 at others, with Iowa garnering 67% of the bets. The Sharps are clearly on the Side of the Cyclones.
The OU Line has gone from 44.5 up to 46 at most sportsbooks, despite the Under snatching up 61% of the bets.
Gametime Weather: Mostly cloudy with temps in the lower 90s.
Balance Your Offense With Defense to WinIf the Iowa Hawkeyes want to be successful they need to get a nice dose of running attacks to move the chains from junior Tyler Goodson. He finished the opening game against the Hoosiers with 19 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown on the ground. If Iowa can continue to get 100+ rushing yards out of Goodson, it will alleviate pressure off quarterback Spencer Petras and keep opposing defenses on their toes.
The Iowa Hawkeyes did a number defensively against one of the better teams in college football as they held the Indiana Hoosiers to six points and 11 total first downs. Indiana only finished with 233 total yards of offense (156 passing, 77 rushing) and could not get anything going. A big reason is the fact that Iowa was able to pick off three passes, including two from senior defensive back Riley Moss. If the Hawkeyes can figure out how to keep this defensive pressure going, they will be in a great spot.
Throwing Up the XThe Iowa State Cyclones offense needs to be electric and that helps with senior wide receiver Xavier Hutchison on the field. He finished their season opener against the Northern Iowa Panthers with seven catches for 88 yards. If he can be a consistent target for Brock Purdy to throw the football to, the Cyclones could potentially have a shot at the College Football Playoffs.
The Cyclones played a good brand of defense in their season opener as they allowed 10 points and none of them were in the second half of the game. They allowed the Panthers to go 8-of-17 on third down and allowed 275 total yards (230 passing, 45 rushing) and the Cyclone were able to keep control due to a pair of interceptions. They need to play better if they want to compete here.
Questionable - DB Jaquan Amos and WR Sean Shaw Jr.
- Iowa State: Cyclones are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss.
- Iowa State: Cyclones are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
- Iowa: Hawkeyes are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games as a road underdog.