Iowa St. Cyclones. vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
The Iowa State Cyclones and the West Virginia Mountaineers face off on Friday in Big 12 college football action. The Mountaineers are -1 point favorites over the Cyclones with an over/under point total set at 60.
The Iowa State Cyclones are bowl eligible and after many had very modest expectations for them ISU has once again proved many wrong. Steele Jantz has completed 62.2 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while rushing for 210 yards and a touchdown. Shontrelle Johnson is averaging 4.5 yards per carry with two touchdowns and James White is averaging 5.4 yards per carry with two touchdowns. Aaron Horne leads ISU with 38 catches and three touchdowns, Chris Young has 35 catches and two touchdowns, and Jarvis West has 27 catches and three touchdowns. Defensively Iowa State is allowing 22.6 points per game, 158.5 rushing yards, and 283.6 passing yards with 13 interceptions and 14 sacks. A.J. Klein has 84 tackles, Jake Knott has 79 tackles, and Durrell Givens has 76 tackles. Iowa State has won the games they should win but haven’t stepped it up against the better teams.
The West Virginia Mountaineers started the season by winning their first five games and while they have been involved in some good ones they haven’t won since and still aren’t bowl eligible. Geno Smith has completed 70.1 percent of his passes for 35 touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for two touchdowns. Andrew Buie is averaging 4.4 yards per carry with six touchdowns carrying the load in the WVU backfield. Tavon Austin has 100 catches and 11 touchdowns and he has also rushed for two touchdowns, Stedman Bailey has 88 catches and 20 touchdowns, and J.D. Woods has 46 catches and three touchdowns. The West Virginia defense has been a sieve allowing 42.3 points per game, 131.9 rushing yards, and 366.1 passing yards with eight interceptions and 21 sacks. Isaiah Bruce has 82 tackles, Karl Joseph has 75 tackles, and Terence Garvin has 59 tackles. If West Virginia doesn’t make it to a bowl it will be a very interesting to see what happens in the offseason.
Iowa State is 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 14-5 against the spread following a win by or more points, and 0-3-1 against the spread following a win. West Virginia is 1-4 against the spread in their last five Big 12 games, 1-5 against the spread following a game which they covered the spread, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
We are going to see some scoring in this one and I have this one going well over the total