College Football Week 9 Predictions: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Iowa State Cyclones

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Iowa State Cyclones
Saturday, 10/26/13, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma State -17
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma State -14
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 October games

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 October games

Oklahoma State has won back-to-back games, including a 24-10 victory over the TCU Horned Frogs as six-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in four contests.  The Cowboys have won 21-straight home games against unranked opponents dating back to 2009—the sixth-longest active streak in the country in that situation.  The team has recorded nine takeaways in its last two games, which is important to consider when making your college football predictions in Week 9.  Oklahoma State is 20-6-1 ATS in its last 27 games in October.

The Cowboys are known for their offensive attack, which is demonstrated in scoring 20 or more points in 45 consecutive games.  Oklahoma State’s main weapon is wide receiver Josh Stewart, who moved into sixth place in the school’s career reception list with 151 last week.  He’s also a major weapon in terms of the special teams unit, as he accounted for the longest punt return in school history against TCU.

Iowa State will be focused on trying to snap a three-game losing streak, which includes a 71-7 setback to the Baylor Bears in Week 8, as it was out-gained by 540 yards in that affair.  The Cyclones finished the game with just 174 yards of total offense, which is a major consider when looking over the college football odds page, especially when going  against an opponent that can move the football.  Defensively, the team will be led by Jeremiah George, who finished with a career-high 18 tackles.  Iowa State is 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven games against teams with a winning record.

The Cyclones may be wearing down towards the end of the 2013 campaign, considering their first four losses were by an average of just 5.5 points per game.  Iowa State doesn’t have a true No. 1 option under center, with Sam Richardson and Grant Rohach splitting time.  “It was very apparent, the first two drives nerves kind of got to me,” commented Rohach after the game.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cyclones due to the home team covering six of the last seven meetings in this Big 12 Conference matchup.

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