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College Football Betting Preview: Iowa State Cyclones vs. Oklahoma Sooners

September 30, 2023


The Iowa State Cyclones ended their two-game losing streak by defeating the Oklahoma State Cowboys by a score of 34-27 in week 4 while this will be a tune-up game for the Oklahoma Sooners before their game against the Texas Longhorns next week. Will the Cyclones keep the game closer than expected or will the Sooners win in a rout at home? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.

The Iowa State Cyclones enter this game with a record of 2-2 following a 34-27 win at home against the Oklahoma State Cowboys while covering the 3.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 4 of the college football season. Iowa State scored 34 points while compiling 422 total yards offensively which included 348 passing yards and 74 rushing yards while allowing 27 points and 409 total yards defensively which included 278 passing yards and 131 rushing yards. Rocco Becht led the team in passing, completing 27 of 38 attempts for 348 yards and three touchdowns. Eli Sanders led the team in rushing with 15 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for 18 yards. Jaylin Noel led the team in receiving, catching eight of 12 targets for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Oklahoma enters this game ranked 14th in the AP Poll and 14th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 4-0 following a 20-6 win on the road against the Cincinnati Bearcats while covering the 13-point spread as a road favorite in week 4 of the college football season. The Sooners scored 20 points while compiling a total of 425 yards offensively which included 322 passing yards and 103 rushing yards while allowing 6 points and 376 total yards defensively which included 235 passing yards and 141 rushing yards. Dillon Gabriel led the team in passing, completing 26 of 38 attempts for 322 yards and a touchdown while adding 23 rushing yards and a touchdown. Marcus Major led the team in rushing with 15 carries for 63 yards while adding two receptions for 18 yards. Andrel Anthony led the team in receiving, catching seven of eight targets for 117 yards.

BookMaker has the Oklahoma Sooners listed as 19.5-point favorites at home against the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday evening in week 5 of the college football season. Oklahoma has won eight of the last ten including the previous three matchups in a row while going 3-0 ATS in the last three games in the series. Iowa State is 2-2 ATS overall, 0-1 ATS on the road, 0-1 ATS as an underdog, and 1-0 ATS in conference games this season while the Oklahoma Sooners are 4-0 ATS overall, 2-0 ATS at home, 4-0 ATS as a favorite, and 1-0 ATS in conference games on the year.

Oklahoma is the better team this season and has been the dominant team in the series, winning eight of the last ten including the previous three games in a row. The Sooners are 3-0 ATS in the last three games in the series while also being the better team at covering the spread this season going 4-0 ATS overall while the Cyclones are 2-2 ATS overall. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the Oklahoma Sooners -19 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday evening. 

Spooky Express Pick: Oklahoma Sooners -19