Baylor Bears vs Iowa State Cyclones Prediction, 9/24/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Baylor Bears vs Iowa State Cyclones
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Location: Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, IA
Odds/Point Spread: Cyclones (+1)
Jack Trice Stadium is the location where the Iowa State Cyclones (3-0) will try to defeat the Baylor Bears (2-1) on Saturday. Baylor opens this contest as 1-point favorites. The over/under is 45.
The Baylor Bears come into this matchup with a record of 2-1 this season. In their last contest, the Bears went up against the Texas State Bobcats and went home with a win by a final score of 42-7. Blake Shapen finished 15/26 with 184 yds through the air and 1 TD. He had a QB rate of 122.1 and finished the game with 1 interception. Richard Reese was the rushing leader for the Bears with 19 attempts for 156 yds (8.2 yards per attempt). When all was said and done, they had 65 plays which gave them 501 yds. The Baylor Bears rushed the ball a total of 37 times and totaled 293 yds, which came out to an average of 7.9 yds per attempt. Against the run, the Bears gave up 82 yds on 34 tries, which is 2.4 yds per rush allowed. Baylor surrendered 24 completions on 36 tries for 186 yds, and a completion rate of 66.7%.
The Bears have racked up 1,363 total yards for the year. When it comes to notching touchdowns, Baylor has amassed 4 touchdowns through the air and 14 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the football over 3 times. Baylor has 74 first downs offensively, and they have committed 27 penalties for 247 yds. As a unit they average 234.7 yards via the ground game ranking this team at 16th in D-1. In terms of getting in the endzone, the Baylor Bears have an average of 43.7 PPG.
The Bears are ranked 28th in the country in terms of the opposition scoring, giving up 14.3 PPG. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 2.6 yards per rushing attempt and 84.0 rushing yards per game so far this season. During the season, they have conceded 252 yards on the ground through 3 games. When talking about yards through the air, the Bears have given up 619 yds which has them sitting in 60th in the country. They are giving up 206.3 yards per game via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 57.5%. For the season, they have given up 290.3 yards/outing which ranks them 26th in the nation. They have surrendered 4 touchdowns by air in addition to 1 touchdown pounding the rock.
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The Cyclones head into this matchup 3-0 this season. In their last game, the Cyclones went home victorious with a score of 43-10 against the Ohio Bobcats. Hunter Dekkers (3 touchdowns) finished the contest with 268 yds on 28/36 passing while his QB rating was 167.8. He kept the ball away from the defense with no picks and his Y/A was 7.4. Deon Silas carried the ball 10 times for 58 yards, ending the contest with 5.8 yds per attempt for Iowa State. The Cyclones finished with 463 yards while running 74 plays (6.3 yards per play). Iowa State ended up running for 5.1 yds per attempt, finishing with a total of 163 yds on 32 carries. Iowa State relinquished 22 attempts on the ground for 24 yards (1.1 yards per carry). The Cyclones passing defense conceded a completion percentage of 57.5%, surrendering 209 yds on 23 for 40 passing.
The Iowa State Cyclones maintain an average of 415.0 yards/game, which ranks them 71st in Division 1. The Iowa State offense has 133 yds of penalties on 17 violations, which has them sitting 90th in D-1 in terms of giving up free yards. During this campaign thus far, the Cyclones have compiled 777 passing yards along with holding an average of 259.0 throwing yards per outing, which ranks 49th in Division 1. In terms of the points being put on the board, the Cyclones sit 75th in D-1 averaging 31.7 PPG.
Iowa State has given up a total of 180 yards rushing (60.0 yards per outing) as well as 1 touchdown via the rush on the season. They have allowed 2 touchdowns from the passing game and 174.3 yards per outing, which has them ranked 24th in the nation. The Cyclones defense has been on the field for 174 plays, which has them ranked 15th in the country. The Cyclones are surrendering 9.0 PPG, which puts them 11th in the country. This year, they have conceded 27 total points.
Who will win tonight's Bears/Cyclones college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bears -1
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