Iowa State Cyclones vs Iowa Hawkeyes 9-8-2018

Iowa State Cyclones vs Iowa Hawkeyes 9-8-2018

Iowa State Cyclones (0-0) vs Iowa Hawkeyes (1-0)

Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 5:00 pm EST
Location : Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Iowa State Cyclones vs Iowa Hawkeyes

The Iowa State Cyclones, after having their week 1 matchup with South Dakota State postponed, will travel to Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, to battle their in-state rival Iowa Hawkeyes in week 2 college football action on 9-8-2018 beginning at 5 pm EST.  The Hawkeyes would get the 33-7 win over Northern Illinois on last Saturday as they were able to cover the 9.5-point spread while the under would be the play with the total being set at 46 points for the game.  The Cyclones will certainly be motivated to take the field in this contest as they will be looking to get a win over a team that has dominated them in recent outings.  In fact, Iowa has won the last 3 games against the Cyclones while cashing in on the spread in 2 of the last 3 matchups.  On 9-9-2017, the Hawkeyes would get the 44-41 road win as the home team would cover the spread (+3.5) while the over was the play with the total being set at 49 points.

Iowa State Cyclones's Latest Performance :

The Cyclones will be led under center by Senior QB Kyle Kempt (1787 yards, 15 TD. 3 INT) who will certainly look to improve upon his season last year while Junior Sheldon Croney Jr (159 yards, 31 rushes, TD) will also step up for the rushing attack in 2018.  Junior David Montgomery will also be the highlight of the backfield for the Cyclones as he will attempt to build upon his coming out sophomore season where he would put up a total of 1146 rushing yards along with 11 TD’s.  Junior Hakeem Butler and Matt Eaton will look to lead the receiving coprs after accumulating a combined 900 yards receiving along with 11 TD’s.  The defense will be led on the defensive line by Jamal Johnson along with Senior Jason Bowman and defensive back D’Andre Payne who would have 48 tackles last year, 9 assists, 6 TFL, along with a pick for Iowa State.

Iowa Hawkeyes's Latest Performance :

The Hawkeyes would rack up 143 yards passing along with 209 rushing yards in their 33-7 home win over the Huskies of Northern Illinois in week 1.  Nathan Stanley would go 11 of 23 with 108 yards, TD, INT, while Ivroy Kelly Martin would have 62 yards on 10 rushes with a TD.  Toren Young would also have a score in the game for Iowa while rushing 8 times for 84 yards total.  The receiving corps was lead by T.J. Hockenson (4 rec, 64 yds) and Ihmir Smtih-Marsette (3 rec, 28 yds).  The defense would allow the Huskies 110 passing yards along with 101 rushing yards with 15 first downs as Kristian Welch (7 tackles/4 assists), Amani Jones (4 tackles) and Nick Niemann (4 tackles) would also step up for the defensive unit in this contest.

How Iowa State Cyclones & Iowa Hawkeyes Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Iowa is 1-0 ATS while the O/U is 0-1

ISU is 0-0 ATS while the O/U is 0-0

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The Hawkeyes will look to have yet another great showing at Kinnick Stadium, this time against the Cyclones.  As stated, Iowa has dominated this series in recent years and certainly look to assert themselves early in this matchup, particularly in the trenches.  They would rush for over 200 yards against their week 1 foe in Northern Illinois and will provide the Cyclones a huge dose of physicality as they will attempt to use their ground game in which to set the pace of the game once again.  Look for this to be an exciting matchup as both teams will have much incentive to play well and to get a much-needed win for bragging rights.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:  Iowa Hawkeyes -4

My reason for the pick :


I will back Iowa to get the win in this contest.  Besides, they have dominated this series lately and while I would expect the Cyclones to come out motivated in which to play, the home team will set the pace of this matchup early in establishing the run game while also taking control in the trenches on defense, which will surely take Iowa State out of the game.  Of course, I do not feel as if this will be a blowout, yet, simply a win in which Iowa will cruise to victory in the 2nd half.

Totals Selection: Pick:  Under 47

My reason for the prediction :


I happen to believe that this game will be yet another grind out affair where the defense will once again be the headliner as they will serve to neutralize the offenses.  Of course, the Hawks will be looking for another dominate performance at home while the Cyclones will look to shore up their defense which allowed their rival 44 points in a win last year in their backyard.  I all, look for the under to be the strong play in this matchup on Saturday.

Betting trends for Iowa State Cyclones:

    • Under is 5-0 in Cyclones last 5 games on fieldturf
    • Under is 5-0 in Cyclones last 5 road games
    • Cyclones are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.

Betting trends for Iowa Hawkeyes:

    • Hawkeyes are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win
    • Hawkeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points
    • Hawkeyes are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games


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