College Football Pick: Iowa State vs. UConn
NCAA Football Betting Favorite: UConn -4.5
Iowa State is coming off one of the biggest wins in the football program’s history. The Cyclones downed Iowa 44-41 in a triple overtime thriller last weekend. Iowa is the team that gets all the national attention, and the Cyclones consider the victory a statement win. Connecticut is coming off a 24-21 loss at Vanderbilt. Randy Edsall took the Huskies football program to national prominence, but he is now at Maryland. Paul Pasqualoni, the former Syracuse coach, will look to continue moving the UConn football program forward.
Steele Jantz (great name) had his coming out party last weekend against Iowa. Jantz threw four touchdown passes without throwing an interception. Six different Iowa State players had at least three receptions in last week’s win. The Cyclones offense is young, but they do have some talent to work with. Shontrell Johnson is a solid tailback who should get better as the season moves along. While they don’t usually get much attention, it should be mentioned that Iowa State has a tremendous punter. Kirby Van Der Kamp is averaging 51.3 yards per punt so far this season.
The Iowa State defense appears to be much better than they were in 2010. The defensive front still could use a little bit of work, but the secondary has been very good so far this season. Paul Rhodes is a defensive-minded coach, and I expect this unit to be pretty good this year.
The UConn Huskies have some real problems on the offensive side of the ball this year. Jordan Todman was a beast in the backfield for this team, but he is in the NFL now. The team couldn’t find a quality quarterback last year, and they still haven’t found one yet this year. Johnny McEntee has seen the majority of the playing time under center, but he has thrown three interceptions and zero touchdowns. Vanderbilt’s defense isn’t bad, but there is no excuse for the Huskies only picking up 193 yards of total offense last week. Lyle McCombs appears to be a solid runner, but the team must establish some form of a passing game.
The Huskies should be able to keep them in most games this year. UConn scored two touchdowns last weekend, and they were both defensive scores. The defensive front for UConn is one of the biggest in the Big East, and they shouldn’t be pushed around by many people this year. If UConn is going to be competitive, the defense will need to be very good.
UConn is a much better team at home, but I don’t like the way their offense looks this year. I think this has all the makings of a very close game, so I think it would be wise to take the points in this one.
Free College Football Pick: Iowa State +4.5