Football Pick: Iowa State vs. Tulsa
Date/Time: September 26th, 7:30 ET
Television: FOX Sports 1
College Football Odds from BetAnySports
Point Spread: Tulsa -2.5
Neither the Tulsa Golden Hurricane nor the Iowa State Cyclones have lived up to their expectations this year, but both have the chance to turn it around just a bit in NCAA football betting action on Friday night at Skelley Field in Tulsa.
Iowa State figured to get back to a bowl game this year, but at this point, it is going to be a long, uphill battle, especially if this game is lost. The team has already lost what should have been a win against the Northern Iowa Panthers and a game that could have very well been won against the Iowa Hawkeyes, and now, there is probably only one more game on the docket in which the team is going to be favored, and that isn’t until November 23rd against the Kansas Jayhawks. QB Sam Richardson hasn’t panned out the way that most figured that he would this year. Last year, he proved to take good care of the football and get the job done with his feet and his arm, but this year, he only has five TD passes against two picks. Richardson does lead the team in rushing, but the fact that he leads it with just 86 yards and no one on the team has a touchdown on the ground is definitely concerning, even through just two games.
Normally speaking, scoring isn’t a problem for the Golden Hurricane, but this year, that has been a bit of a challenge. In three games this year, the team only has a total of 57 points, and that isn’t going to win games in the high octane Conference USA. There is no doubt that the pace of play is still high, as the Golden Hurricane are averaging 70.7 offensive plays per game thus far on the year. QB Cody Green is only completing 51.9 percent of his passes for 610 yards and three TDs against two picks though, and he only has 42 yards on the ground. We figured that WR/RB Ja’Terian Douglas was going to be able to do more as a slash player, but he only has touched the ball 37 times in two games and has a total of just 111 yards and two touchdowns. Douglas has to get the ball in his hands more often, because it is clear that RB Trey Watts and Green aren’t cutting it by themselves.
This is an ugly game. Iowa State is 1-4 ATS in its last five games against teams with a losing record, and it is 0-4 ATS in its last four overall. Tulsa is 1-7 ATS in its last eight against the Big XII, and it is 0-4 ATS in its last four games played in September. That said, the Golden Hurricane are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following their bye week, and that’s the trend that we’re going to use to justify taking them in this one.
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Pick: Tulsa Golden Hurricane -2.5