Iowa vs. Iowa State Pick & Prediction 9/14/13

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The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones are going to be clashing on the gridiron on Saturday, September 14th as a part of Week 3 college football odds. Join us at Cappers Info as we highlight some of the best NCAA football picks that you’ll find on the internet!

Week 3 NCAA Football Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes @ Iowa State Cyclones
Date: Saturday, September 14th, 6:00 ET
Location: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA
Week 3 Betting Odds: Iowa -2.5 (48.5)
Iowa vs. Iowa State Live TV: Big Ten Network

Iowa and Iowa State have both been the same types of teams over the course of the last several years. Both clubs are always in the bottom half of their conferences, and sometimes they make bowl games, while sometimes they don’t. This year looks like much of the same for both sides. Iowa put up a respectable fight against a relatively good Northern Illinois team before losing at home in Week 1, and it came put and was suspect in a win against Missouri State in Week 2. Iowa State has only played one game, and it was a disaster of a loss to Northern Iowa. Now, UNI is a respected FCS program that has beaten some big boys before, but alas, losing to an FCS team to start off the campaign is never a good thing.

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That said, we like the way that QB Sam Richardson looked at the end of last year, and we think that he has some real potential here in this one as well. Richardson needs a bit more of a ground game, but he has had the ball in his hands for 53 of the team’s 76 snaps this year. We aren’t nearly as sold on the Iowa offense. Sure, RB Mark Weisman has averaged 140 yards per game on the season, but this is the first time that the Hawkeyes are going to be going up against a team that has any semblance of a defense whatsoever. Head Coach Kirk Ferentz already has one foot out the door this year in Iowa, and this might be the last straw. ISU won this game 9-6 last season, and that was the seventh time in the last nine that it covered a game in this series. The Cyclones will make it eight out of 10 on Saturday.

Iowa vs. Iowa State Pick: Iowa State Cyclones +2.5
Iowa @ Iowa State Score Prediction: Iowa State 26 – Iowa 21

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