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West Virginia favored by -7.5 against Iowa State on Saturday

Iowa State CyclonesWest Virginia Mountaineers
2-9November 30, 2013, 04:00 | Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium4-7

Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium will feature Mountaineers vs. Cyclones on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in Week 14 action.

The Cyclones will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 5-6 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Mountaineers are 3-8 ATS. Iowa State is 7-4 against the total, while West Virginia is 5-6 versus the number.

View Iowa State Cyclones vs West Virginia Mountaineers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Sportsbook.ag had set the Mountaineers as -7.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 85-rated Mountaineers and the No. 101-rated Cyclones in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 20-14 win for the Mountaineers on Saturday.

Last time out for Iowa State, they were a 34-0 winner as they battled Kansas at home. Iowa State covered in the match as a 4-point favorite, while 34 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Mountaineers suffered a Week 12 loss against Kansas in their last game, falling 31-19 at Memorial Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits West Virginia's No. 89-ranked offense, averaging 24.73 PPG, against a Cyclones defense that ranks No. 107 this week at 35.27 PPG. The Mountaineers aerial game is averaging 253.82 yards per game, more than the Cyclones secondary allows through the air, 228.45 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Cyclones own the league's No. 114-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 251.8 yards per game when on the road. West Virginia, on the other hand, rates No. 82 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Cyclones at Mountaineers trends to consider:
Iowa State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Iowa State is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Iowa State's last 10 games
Iowa State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
West Virginia is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
West Virginia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of West Virginia's last 6 games
West Virginia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home