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Bears host Cyclones in Week 8 action

Iowa State CyclonesBaylor Bears
1-4October 19, 2013, 07:00 | Floyd Casey Stadium5-0

Baylor looks to cover the Bears-Cyclones point spread this week and improve its overall 5-0 mark when they host Iowa State in Week 8 action.

They battle the Cyclones, currently with a 1-4 mark (3-2 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 4-1 for the Bears and 4-1 for the Cyclones.

View Iowa State Cyclones vs Baylor Bears Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup, the Bears sat as -33-point favorites, according to 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 4-rated Bears and the No. 74-ranked Cyclones, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 74-31 result in favor of the Bears.

In their last action, Iowa State was a 42-35 loser on the road against Texas Tech. They covered the 14.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (77) was profitable news for OVER bettors. In their last game, the Cyclones were Week 7 losers coming out on the wrong end of 42-35 score against Texas Tech. In Baylor's last outing, Bryce Petty threw for 342 yards to lead the Bears over Kansas State 35-25 at Snyder Family Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Baylor's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 63.4 PPG, against a Cyclones defense that ranks No. 87 this week at 29.8 PPG. The Bears aerial game is averaging 414.2 yards per game, more than the Cyclones secondary allows through the air, 267.2 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Cyclones own the league's No. 63-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 168.5 yards per game when on the road. Baylor, on the other hand, rates No. 3 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Cyclones at Bears trends to consider:
Iowa State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Iowa State is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iowa State's last 6 games
Iowa State is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Baylor is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Baylor is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Baylor is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Baylor is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Iowa State at Oklahoma State, Saturday, October 26th
Baylor at Kansas, Saturday, October 26th