College Football Week 8 Predictions: Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Longhorns

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Texas Longhorns
Saturday, 10/18/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Texas -12.5
Current Betting Line:  Texas -12
Opening Total:  47.5
Current Total:  44.5
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The Texas Longhorns are 6-9 ATS at home the last two-plus seasons
The Texas Longhorns are 6-9 ATS at home the last two-plus seasons

Iowa State is focused on trying to win back-to-back games for the first time this season, as it hits the road after picking up a 37-30 victory over the Toledo Rockets as 3.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 62.  It’s important to point out that the Cyclones’ first six opponents have a combined 30-6 SU overall record, which can’t be ignored when making your Week 8 college football predictions, as that’s the highest opponent win percentage in the country.  Iowa State is 1-8 SU and 3-5-1 ATS as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Cyclones will need another big game from starting quarterback Sam Richardson, who set career highs in completions, passing yardage and total offense last week, which is important to consider when looking over the college football betting lines.  Iowa State failed to score a point in the second half in its first two games, but has scored 80 in its last four contests, including 28 in its comeback victory in Week 7.

Texas has dropped back-to-back contests, including a 31-26 decision to the Oklahoma Sooners as 16.5-point neutral-site underdogs last week, but it did win the statistical battle by 250 yards.  The Longhorns rank 17th in the country in allowing just 316.7 yards per game, which isn’t very surprising due to Charlie Strong taking over the program in Austin.  The unit was masterful in limiting its biggest rival to a season-low 232 yards.  Texas is 9-6 SU and 6-9 ATS at home the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 10-5 in those 15 opportunities.

The Longhorns have scored 30 or more points in nine of 11 all-time meetings in this series, while they’ve won five of six games versus the Cyclones when playing in the Lone Star State.  Texas will look for sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes to continue his maturation process, as his 1,068 passing yards are the most for a signal-caller in school history in his first five starts.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cyclones due to the road team covering the number in six of the last eight games in this Big 12 series.

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