Iowa State vs West Virginia Line and Predictions ATS
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium
Brock Purdy and the Iowa State Cyclones head to Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet the West Virginia Mountaineers. West Virginia opens this game as 9.5-point underdogs. The Cyclones are 3-2-0 ATS and 3-2-0 when betting on the total. The Mountaineers are 3-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 2-2-1 against the spread.
Key Iowa State Cyclones Injuries
10/06/19 OL Colin Newell Knee is questionable Saturday vs West Virginia
10/06/19 DE JaQuan Bailey Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs West Virginia
10/06/19 RB Kene Nwangwu Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs West Virginia
07/09/19 P Corey Dunn Achilles is out for season
Key West Virginia Mountaineers Injuries
10/06/19 S Jovanni Stewart Redshirt is questionable Saturday vs Iowa State
10/06/19 WR Sam James Undisclosed left last game, is questionable Saturday vs Iowa State
10/06/19 OL Michael Brown Illness is questionable Saturday vs Iowa State
10/06/19 WR Sean Ryan Undisclosed left last game, is questionable Saturday vs Iowa State
09/25/19 OL Josh Sills Shoulder is out for season
09/21/19 DL Taijh Alston Knee is out for season
The last time they took the field, the Iowa State Cyclones played the TCU Horned Frogs and earned the win by a score of 49-24. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Cyclones was Brock Purdy who went 19/24 with 247 yards passing and threw 2 touchdowns. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. Brock Purdy paced the team in rushing for that contest. He had a long run of 44 yards and he added 2 touchdowns for the contest. He racked up a total of 102 yards via 12 carries which means he ran for an average of 8.5 yards per carry. Deshaunte Jones was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 110 yards on 10 receptions. He notched an average of 11.0 yards per catch for that contest. The Cyclones ended up rushing 37 times and added 189 yards which had them averaging 5.1 yards per attempt. In the game, the Cyclones earned 21 1st downs and they had 5 infractions for 35 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. For the game, they ran 61 plays which gave them a total of 436 yards. In terms of defense, Iowa State conceded 21 completions on 30 throws for a total of 221 yards, and a completion percentage of 70.0%. For the game, they allowed 329 yards and earned 2 takeaways. On the ground, the Cyclones conceded 108 yards on 33 tries giving the other team an average of 3.3 yards per attempt allowed.
The Cyclones come into this game with a record of 3-2 for this season. For total yards, they currently sit at 3rd in the conference and 24th in the country with 2,436 yards. They are one of the most potent offenses in the country averaging 37.6 points per game, putting them 21st in the country. As a team, they are averaging 159.6 yards on the ground per game which is 8th in the conference. The Cyclones have one of the average defenses in college football, giving up 22.2 points per contest which has them at 4th in the Big 12. When it comes to yards through the air, the Cyclones have conceded 1,638 yards. Opponents are completing 60.8% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 6.1 yards per try. In regard to yards on the ground, Iowa State is allowing 117.2 yards per game putting them 4th in the Big 12 and 36th in the country. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.3 yards per carry which has them at 3rd in the Big 12 Conference and 32nd in college football overall. Overall, they have conceded 586 yards rushing through 5 contests.
The last time they played, the West Virginia Mountaineers took on the Texas Longhorns and took the loss by a score of 42-31. Kennedy McKoy led the team in rushing for that contest. He broke a long run for 18 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He racked up a total of 30 yards via 6 carries which meant he averaged 5.0 yards per carry. T.J. Simmons led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 135 yards on 7 receptions. He averaged 19.3 yards per catch for that contest. Running the show from under center for the Mountaineers was Austin Kendall who went 31/46 with 367 yards through the air and completed 3 TD's. He tossed 4 interceptions during the game. The Mountaineers ran the football 23 times and racked up 96 yards which had them averaging 4.2 yards per rush. In all, they finished with a total of 69 plays for 463 yards. For the game, the Mountaineers racked up 24 first downs and they had 3 penalties for 30 yards telling us that this team was extremely focused in this game. When discussing the defense, West Virginia gave up 18 catches on 33 throws totaling 211 yards, and a completion percentage of 54.5%. Against the run, the Mountaineers gave up 224 yards on 47 runs allowing their opponent an average of 4.8 yards per attempt allowed. Overall, they allowed 435 yards and forced 1 turnover.
The Mountaineers head into this matchup 3-2. West Virginia needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 105 rushing yards per game, ranking them 120th in D-1. As a team, they have a total of 525 yards rushing through 5 games, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Mountaineers average 353.4 yards per game overall putting them 104th in the nation and 10th in the Big 12 Conference. The Mountaineers are allowing 28.8 points per game ranking them 9th in the Big 12 and 84th in college football. Their passing defense is one of the middle of the road units in Division 1. They are conceding 203.4 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Mountaineers currently sit at 5th in the Big 12 Conference. In discussing points allowed, they have given up 144 points in total. In regard to yards on the ground, they are giving up 182.8 yards per contest ranking them 97th in the country and 7th in the Big 12 Conference. This season, they have given up a total of 914 yards on the ground and 7 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Cyclones/Mountaineers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Mountaineers +9.5
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