Big 12 Conference Football Preview: Iowa State Cyclones vs. Kansas State Wildcats

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Kansas State Wildcats
Saturday, 11/2/13, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas State -14
Current Betting Line:  Kansas State -17.5
Opening Total:  53
Current Total:  51.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Iowa State Cyclones have lost four games in a row
The Iowa State Cyclones have lost four games in a row

Iowa State has lost four games in a row, including a 58-27 defeat to the Oklahoma State Cowboys as 13.5-point home underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for a sixth consecutive contest.  The Cyclones lead the all-time series 48-43-4, but they’ve gone 21-24-1 when facing off in Manhattan, which is important to consider when making your college football predictions in Week 10.  The team’s six losses during the 2013 campaign are to opponents with a combined 28-10 record.  Iowa State is 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Cyclones have started seven different offensive line combos in seven games, with freshman Daniel Burton being the only player to start every game for that particular unit.    Iowa State is 95.2 percent in the red zone to lead the Big 12 Conference and rank sixth nationally.  A total of 13 freshmen and sophomores have made starts for the program, , including quarterback Sam Richardson, who is averaging 193.6 passing yards per game.

Kansas State snapped a three-game losing streak when picking up a 35-12 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers as 13.5-point home favorites, while going UNDER The betting total for the fourth time in five contests.  In close losses to North Dakota State, Oklahoma State and Baylor, the Wildcats held leads late in the games before dropping all three contests in the final three minutes.  Offensively, the team is averaging 30.9 points per game, with a balanced attack through the air and on the ground.  Kansas State is 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS in November the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 4-2 in that situation.

The Wildcats are 47-17 in the month of November since 1991 under longtime head coach Bill Snyder, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page.  Since 1990, Kansas State’s record is 142-27 when scoring first, including a 9-1 mark dating back to last season.  The team is currently minus-eight in turnover margin, which is a far cry from its plus-19 figure in that category in 2012.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cyclones due to their 7-3 ATS mark in their last 10 road games versus a team with a losing home record.

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