Thursday College Football Picks & Odds: Iowa State vs. Tulsa 9/26/13

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To beat the NCAA football odds, you have to put a heck of a lot of work into your craft. Our college football expert handicappers have done just that here at Cappers Info, and we think that we have the winning edge for the clash between the Iowa State Cyclones vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

Free Football Picks: Iowa State Cyclones vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Date: Thursday, September 26th, 7:30 ET
Location: Skelley Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK
Week 5 Betting Odds: Tulsa -2.5 (56)
Iowa State vs. Tulsa Live TV Coverage: FOX Sports 1

This isn’t the prettiest game in the world, knowing that both of these teams are 0-fer the season from an ATS standpoint. We have already seen Iowa State lose at home twice, including once to an FCS team (albeit a good one in Northern Iowa). Tulsa has already gotten killed twice this year, and it was lucky to escape a game against a bad Colorado State team at home. That opening 34-7 loss against Bowling Green is going to sting for the rest of the season for a team that really hoped to contend for perhaps a spot in the Top 25 when push came to shove. The good news is that Tulsa did score 20 against Oklahoma two weeks ago, and that might turn out to be a good sign for the offense ahead in this one against a significantly weaker team from the Big XII.

However, we do think that Iowa State is going to end up finding a way to come and play in this one. The Cyclones aren’t great, but they were figured to be good enough at the start of the year to get to a bowl game. There is a point that this team will figure out how to get into the end zone on the ground, something that hasn’t happened in two straight games to start off the campaign. Iowa State and Tulsa split the two meetings last year, but this will be the second time in the regular season that the Cyclones get the best of the proceedings, especially since QB Sam Richardson is getting his first look at a team for the second time in his young career.

Iowa State vs. Tulsa Pick: Iowa State Cyclones +2.5
Iowa State @ Tulsa Score Prediction: Iowa State 28 – Tulsa 24

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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