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College Football Betting Preview: Iowa State Cyclones vs. Ohio Bobcats

September 16, 2023


The 1-1 Iowa State Cyclones travel to take on the 2-1 Ohio Bobcats on Saturday afternoon in week 3 of the college football season. The Cyclones enter this game with a record of 1-1 following a win in week 1 at home against the Northern Iowa Panthers by a score of 30-9 and a loss in week 2 at home against the Iowa Hawkeyes by a score of 13-20 while the Ohio Bobcats are 2-1 this season following a loss in week 0 against the San Diego Aztecs on the road by a score of 13-20 while winning at home against the LIU Sharks by a score of 27-10 and on the road against the FAU Owls by a score of 17-10. Will the Bobcats extend their winning streak to three games or will the Cyclones get the win on the road? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season. 

The Iowa State Cyclones enter this game with a record of 1-1 following a 13-20 win at home against the Iowa Hawkeyes while failing to cover the 3.5-point spread as a home underdog in week 2 of the college football season. Iowa State scored 13 points while compiling 290 total yards offensively which included 203 passing yards and 87 rushing yards while allowing 20 points and 235 total yards defensively which included 123 passing yards and 112 rushing yards. Rocco Becht led the team in passing, completing 23 of 44 attempts for 203 yards with a touchdown and an interception while rushing for four yards. Cartevious Norton led the team in rushing with 21 carries for 59 yards. Jayden Higgins led the team in receiving, catching eight of 12 targets for 95 yards and a touchdown.

Ohio enters this game with a record of 2-1 following a 17-10 win on the road against the FAU Owls covering the 3.5-point spread as a road underdog while winning the game outright in week 2 of the college football season. The Bobcats scored 17 points while compiling 346 total yards offensively which included 196 passing yards and 150 rushing yards while allowing 10 points and 181 total yards defensively which included 178 passing yards and 3 rushing yards. Kurtis Rourke led the team in passing, completing 17 of 28 attempts for 196 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions while adding 26 rushing yards. O’Shaan Allison led the team in rushing with 23 attempts for 84 yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for nine yards. Mason Williams led the team in receiving, catching both targets for 46 yards.

BookMaker has the Iowa State Cyclones listed as 3-point favorites on the road against the Ohio Bobcats on Saturday afternoon in week 3 of the college football season. Iowa State has won all five games in the series while going 3-2 ATS all-time and 3-0 ATS in the last three matchups. Iowa State is 1-1 ATS overall and 1-0 ATS as a favorite while the Ohio Bobcats are 1-2 ATS overall, 0-1 ATS at home, and 1-1 ATS as an underdog.

The Iowa State Cyclones have been the better team in the series, winning all five games all-time, and have been the better team at covering the spread going 3-2 ATS all-time and 3-0 ATS in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am taking the Iowa State Cyclones -3 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday afternoon.

Spooky Express Pick: Iowa State Cyclones -3