Legal sports betting sites favor the Iowa Hawkeyes by 3.5 points to win their fourth straight Cy-Hawk Trophy. The game will also serve as the de facto opener for the Iowa State Cyclones. Their date with South Dakota State was cancelled as a result of bad weather. Meanwhile, the Hawkeyes defeated Northern Illinois 33-7 to more than cover a 9.5-point spread. The victory made Kirk Ferentz the most-winning coach in the history of the University of Iowa football program. The Hawkeyes scored four touchdowns in five possessions in the second half after a whole lot of nada in the first. Starting QB Nate Stanley went 11-for-23 with 108 yards. He threw one TD and one pick.
“It’s one of those things, you can’t control it,” head coach Matt Campbell said of the cancelled game. “You learn to keep your composure. It’s such a unique situation. Your team is ready to play, you’ve actually started the game. It still takes an emotional toll. You’re trying to get your kids back as soon as you can. It’s a real challenge. Adversity’s coming, somehow someway, and in our sport we have no idea how it’s coming. But how you handle it defines who you are.”
A shortened season may not bode well for Iowa State’s bowl aspirations. Which makes a win over Iowa all the more urgent. Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register is confident, however, that the Cyclones can become bowl eligible. Even without a replacement game. “Split on consecutive Saturdays at Iowa and at home against Oklahoma,” he writes. “Beat non-con Akron, and Big 12 opponents Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas and maybe even Kansas State for a change. Find an upset win at Oklahoma State, and/or at TCU and/or at Texas — and you’re comfortably in the postseason for the second year in a row.”
In addition to Stanley’s output, Ivory Kelly-Martin had rushing 62 yards and a touchdown. Fellow running back Toren Young had 84 yards and one touchdown. UI has won 19 of their 23 September games since 2012. The Hawkeyes have bested the Cyclones in 10 of their last 15 encounters since 2003. Conversely, Iowa is 13-9-1 ATS in their last 23 September games, and 8-8 at home against the spread set by sport betting sites.
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Iowa Hawkeyes NCAAF Week 2 Betting Information
- Date: September 8
- Time: 4:00 pm CT
- Venue: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
Lines from Intertops.eu:
- IOWA STATE +4 (-110) 46½ (-110) +165
- IOWA -4 (-110) 46½ (-110) -190
- Iowa State is 7-1-1 ATS in its last 9 games
- Iowa State is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
- The total has gone under in 7 of Iowa State’s last 8 games
- Iowa is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
- Iowa is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone over in 4 of Iowa’s last 6 games
Our Prediction: The spread may be a little too close to call. But the sports betting sites total is another story. The best online sportsbooks have set the total for this one at 49 points. The Cyclones’ secondary, which is returning many starters, allowed just 20.9 points per game last season. In fact, defense seems to be a theme between these two schools.
The total has gone under in 10 of Iowa State’s last 13 games versus Iowa with an average combined score of 43.31 points. Furthermore, the total has gone under in six of Iowa’s last eight home games with an averaged combined score of 44.75 points. Eleven of the last 13 Battles for the Cy-Hawk Trophy have gone under 49 points. The Hawkeyes have gone under 49 points in 12 of their last 20 games, including the 2018 season opener. And the Cyclones went under 49 points in seven of their last nine games.