Iowa State Cyclones vs. Baylor Bears: College Football Week 8 Betting Odds and Picks
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Baylor Bears
Saturday, 10/19/13, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Baylor -33
Current Betting Line: Baylor -34
Opening Total: 77
Current Total: 76.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Iowa State travels to Waco to take on the highest-scoring team in the nation, as it looks to bounce back from two consecutive losses, including a 42-35 setback to the Texas Tech Red Raiders as 14-point road underdogs last Saturday. The Cyclones have dropped four out of their first five games, but the average margin of defeat is just 5.5 points per game, which is important to consider when making your college football betting picks. The team has forced 11 turnovers and committed just five this year—ranking second in the Big 12 Conference and 13th nationally in turnover margin. Iowa State is 6-7 SU and 9-4 ATS on the road the last two-plus seasons.
The Cyclones have had 20 players record their first career starts in 2013, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page. Iowa State is still one of only three teams nationally that’s still perfect in the red zone, as it has scored on all 17 of its trips inside the 20-yard line. The team is 17-167-2 all-time versus ranked opponents, including a 6-85-1 mark on the road.
Baylor is set to celebrate its 90th Homecoming game, as it returns home after picking up a 35-25 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats as 17-point road favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in five contests. The Bears lead the country in total and scoring offense, averaging 715.4 yards and 63.4 points per game. The program has never started 3-0 in conference action in the 16-year history of the Big 12. Baylor is 16-1 SU and 15-2 ATS at home the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 13-3-1 in those 17 opportunities.
The Bears are one of two teams alongside the Florida State Seminoles that rank in the top five offensively and among the top 25 defensively. Baylor is one of the more explosive teams in the country, as it averages 20.71 yards per completion, with quarterback Bryce Petty leading the way in pass efficiency. Running back Lache Seastrunk is also an important player to keep an eye on in the backfield, as he averages 128.6 yards per game on the ground.
Sports bettors will likely back the Bears due to the home team being 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
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