Iowa vs Iowa State College Football Predictions, College Football Picks & College Football Odds: Bitter rivals Iowa and Iowa State will meet tomorrow at 12:00 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames to settle their annual grudge match. The score is usually close in this heated match up, and the Cyclones have won three of the last five games played in Ames. College Football Predictions at Sportsbook.com have the visiting Hawkeyes listed as a -6.5 against the spread favorite in tomorrow's in-state showdown.
The Cyclones got a win for Head Coach Paul Rhoads in his maiden voyage with the program by beating North Dakota State 34-17 last Thursday night. Quarterback Austen Arnaud starred for Iowa State, leading the offense to 442 total yards after completing 16-of-28 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. The junior passer also got it done on the ground as he carried the ball 17 times for 78 yards and a score.
Rhoads, who served as Auburn's defensive coordinator prior to taking the job with Iowa State, was probably not pleased with the Cyclones defensive effort. The Bison racked up 388 total yards and ran for 210 at a 5.5 yard per carry rate.
Iowa dodged the major upset bullet on Saturday, just getting by Northern Iowa 17-16 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes trailed going into the fourth quarter and needed two blocked field goals from Jeremiha Hunter in the final seconds to preserve the one point win. The performance was so poor that Kirk Ferentz' squad dropped from the AP rankings.
For the game, the Hawkeyes offense had 329 yards, converted just three third downs, and averaged a paltry 2.8 yards per carry. Despite the poor numbers, quarterback Richard Stanzi did put together a quality outing, completing 22-of-34 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown.
Iowa's defense, which returned eight starters for last year's 9-4 squad, gave up 354 yards to Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes benefited from the Panthers self destructive behavior as UNI racked up nine offensive penalties.
College Football Predictions Betting Trend: The Cyclones are 8-2 against the spread in the last 10 games in this series when playing as an underdog.
Iowa Hawkeyes -6.5 (-110), Over 45.5 (-110), -260 (Moneyline)
Iowa State Cyclones +6.5 (-110), Under 45.5 (-110), +220 (Moneyline)
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