Iowa State Betting Odds Preview
The Iowa State Cyclones went bowling for the third time in four years last season, losing to Tulsa to finish 6-7 SU and 5-8 ATS.
That will be Iowa State’s goal again in 2013, to get to six wins to earn bowl eligibility with an upset or two along the way.
Iowa State is what it is. With no football history to speak of and a home in a tough offensive conference, the Cyclones can’t recruit the talent they need to compete with the big dogs. Instead, they are a hard-working group that is good for the occasional upset, as they earned in road wins over Iowa and TCU last year.
With QB Steele Jantz graduated and Jared Barnett leaving the team, the starting job now belongs solely to Sam Richardson. Richardson played well in limited time last season, passing for eight touchdowns with just one interception while showing off his rushing ability as well. Both James White and Shontrelle Johnson return in the running game, and JUCO transfer Aaron Wimbley looks like a potential standout in the backfield as well. A solid stable of backs and a mobile quarterback points to a likely emphasis on the run in 2013.
All things considered, the defense played well last season. Despite playing in one of the best offensive conferences in the country, Iowa State finished 38th in the nation in points allowed, allowing 23.9 per game. The defense will likely take a hit this season with a pair of key linebackers departing, but at least the unit has shown a pulse in recent years; something that can’t be said of all Big 12 defenses.
Head coach Paul Rhoads has this team going in the right direction, but there isn’t enough firepower here to shootout with the high-powered offenses in the Big 12. Iowa State was 8-4 on the UNDER last season, a trend that will likely continue as the Cyclones will try to control the tempo with their running game this season.
Big 12 Conference Odds at 5Dimes as of August 11
Oklahoma State +260
Kansas State +1600
Texas Tech +2500
West Virginia +2500
Iowa State +4500