Iowa State Cyclones vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Thursday, 9/26/13, 7:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Tulsa -4
Current Betting Line: Tulsa -2.5
Opening Total: 54
Current Total: 54
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Iowa State hits the road for the first time this season, as it will meet Tulsa for the third time in a matter of 391 days, which is important to consider when making your college football expert picks Thursday night. The Cyclones are 8-12 on the road during the five-year tenure of head coach Paul Rhoads, but they’ve managed to win their opener in that situation in three of his first four years. Through two games, the program has had 15 players record their first starts. Iowa State is 2-5 SUATS when the betting line is between +3 and -3, with the UNDER going 5-2 in that situation.
The Cyclones are one of just seven teams nationally that has yet to lose a fumble this season, while they lead the Big 12 Conference and rank 12th nationally in fewest penalties per game. Iowa State has gone 22 games holding an opponent to under 40 points, which is the best such streak amongst conference members. The team is 20-10 SU all-time in Thursday games, which includes a 9-2 mark in its last 11 contests in that role.
Tulsa has alternated wins and losses over its first three games, as it looks to bounce back from a 51-20 setback to the Oklahoma Sooners as 23-point road underdogs on Sept. 14, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. The Golden Hurricane will need a major performance out of running back Trey Watts, who has had 200-plus all-purpose years in his last two games, including 231 yards versus the Sooners. Tulsa is 3-0 SUATS as home favorites of three points or less the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 2-1 in those three opportunities.
The Golden Hurricane are certainly youthful in terms of the roster this season, as 27 players are either freshmen or sophomores on their 44-man two-deep roster. Tulsa has had 13 players receiving their first career start during the 2013 campaign, which is important to consider when looking over the college football odds page. On the defensive end, linebacker Shawn Jackson holds the school record with 41.5 tackles for loss, while picking up five sacks this season.
Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 4-0 in the Golden Hurricane’ last four games following a bye week.
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