Alamo Bowl Betting Odds and Preview (Iowa State vs. Washington State)

Alamo betting odds, expert predictions and preview
  • by Matt Stevens
  • December 24th, 2018
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The Washington State Cougars are 3-point favorites over the Iowa State Cyclones, per the best sports betting apps in USA. The Cougars were the Pac 12’s North Division co-champions with a 10-2 record (7-2 in conference play). WSU had an impressive 10-2 ATS record this season, according to the best online sportsbooks. However, their most recent game was a 15-28 loss to Washington as three-point home faves. This will be the Cougars’ fourth straight bowl appearance and fifth overall with head coach Mike Leach. This will also be their second Alamo Bowl.

The Cyclones finished third in the Big 12. They went 8-4 (6-3 in conference play). They split their games ATS-wise, going 6-6 during the regular season. They’re coming off a 27-24 win over Drake as 41-point home chalk. This will be ISU’s second straight bowl appearance led by head coach Matt Campbell. It will be their first Alamo Bowl.

Betting Iowa State

“It says where we’re going,” Campbell said of the bowl bid. “It shows that there is finally some legitimacy to this place becoming a real football program that’s going in the right direction. Last year, it was great to have some success, but you almost felt like everybody thought it was a fluke. To be able to showcase that, that wasn’t the situation and now to only continue to push the envelope in a positive direction — I think it says a lot about the character of the young men in our program. It’s a big step forward.”

The Cyclones’ offense is led by running back David Montgomery. He has 12 TDs on 99.3 yards and 21.0 carries per game. He also has his work cut out for him against WSU’s 37th run defense.

Betting Washington State

Starting QB Gardner Minshew II has 36 TDs and nine picks on 373.1 passing yards per game. He completes 70.6% of his attempts. Dezmon Patmon, Davontavean Martin, and Easop Winston Jr. combine for 20 receiving TDs. Running back James Williams has 12 TDs on 46.0 rushing yards per game. According to the best sport betting sites, the Cougars are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game. And 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss. As well as 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. Finally, WSU is 1-4 ATS in their last five games in December. And 0-5 ATS in their last five playing Big 12 programs.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Washington State Cougars – Alamo Bowl Betting

  • Date: December 28
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. CT
  • Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl)

Lines from Intertops.eu:
  • IOWA STATE  +3 (-110) 56 (-110) +135
  • WASHINGTON STATE -3 (-110) 56 (-110) -155


Betting Trends

  • Cyclones are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win
  • Cyclones are 15-6-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record
  • Cyclones are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games on grass
  • Cougars are 21-6 ATS in their last 27 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
  • Cougars are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up loss
  • Cougars are 6-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record


Our Game Prediction:
Washington State leads the nation in passing yards per game with 379.8. That alone would not bode well for Iowa State. What makes it worse is that the Cyclones are 62nd in pass defense, allowing 228.8 yards per game. Moreover, the Cougars have been nigh perfect against the spread this year. As ever, users of the best sports betting apps should side with the better team. And in this case, it’s WSU.