Iowa State Cyclones (1-1) vs. Ohio Bobcats (2-1)
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Ohio Bobcats 9/16/23 – Week 3 of the NCAAF season brings an intriguing matchup between the Iowa State Cyclones (1-1) and the Ohio Bobcats (2-1). The clash will take place at Peden Stadium on September 16, 2023, kicking off at 12:00 PM ET and airing on ESPU.
Cartevious Norton and Jayden Higgins are key cogs in Iowa State’s offense. Norton, the team’s running back, has gained 108 yards on 32 rushing attempts with an average of 3.4 yards per rush. Though Norton hasn’t reached the end zone yet, he is a vital part of the Cyclones’ ground game. Wide receiver Jayden Higgins has caught 9 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown, displaying a solid yards-per-reception average of 12.2.
For Ohio, running back Sieh Bangura and wide receiver Tyler Walton are players to watch. Bangura has 217 rushing yards on 51 attempts, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Walton, on the other hand, has pulled in 12 receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown, with an average of 10.7 yards per catch. If you’re looking for the best winning NCAA Football picks, consider their matchups carefully.
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Ohio Bobcats Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 12:00 PM ET|
Rocco Becht QB vs. Kurtis Rourke QB
Rocco Becht has had a somewhat unremarkable start to the season. Completing 33 of his 57 attempts, his completion percentage stands at a modest 57.9%. Becht has passed for 316 yards with an average of 5.5 yards per pass attempt. He has thrown 3 touchdowns and only one interception, leading to a passer rating of 118.3. Notably, he hasn’t been sacked yet this season, which could speak to the strength of his offensive line or his ability to release the ball quickly.
Kurtis Rourke has shown signs of efficiency and effectiveness. His completion rate is higher than Becht’s, standing at 66.7%. He has thrown for 278 yards on fewer attempts (39), averaging a better 7.1 yards per pass attempt. Despite throwing 2 interceptions, his passer rating of 124.7 surpasses that of Becht.
While neither quarterback has been extraordinary, Rourke’s numbers suggest a more efficient passing game for Ohio. His higher completion percentage, better yards-per-attempt average, and superior passer rating give him the edge over Becht. The Cyclones’ quarterback will need to step up his game to outduel Rourke, who seems better poised for a strong performance.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Ohio Bobcats +107, Total Odds: 45
The Cyclones are slight favorites with a spread of -2.5 at -115 odds, while the Bobcats are at +2.5 with -105 odds. The over/under total stands at 45 points.
Iowa State Cyclones Betting Trends
The Cyclones have struggled recently, going 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games and 2-9 SU in their last 11. Interestingly, they have a strong record against Ohio, being 5-0 SU in their last five meetings. However, they’ve struggled on the road, holding a concerning 1-7 SU record in their last 8 games away from home. This puts them in a precarious position heading into this matchup.
Ohio Bobcats Betting Trends
Ohio has been strong, boasting a 9-3-1 ATS record in their last 13 games and an impressive 10-2 SU in their last 12. They’ve been particularly strong at Peden Stadium, going 7-0 SU in their last 7 home games. However, their history against Big 12 teams is less than stellar, at 2-7 SU, and their September ATS record is just 2-9.
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Ohio Bobcats 9/16/23 Betting Picks
Considering the poor road performance of the Cyclones and the Bobcats’ strong home record, the +2.5 spread for Ohio seems enticing in our free winning sports picks. Despite Iowa State’s historical advantage over Ohio, the current form suggests that the Bobcats are better positioned to win or at least keep it close. Taking the UNDER on the 45 total also seems like a strong play, given both teams’ tendencies towards lower-scoring games recently. Based on the current form and home-field advantage, Ohio seems poised to upset Iowa State in what should be a closely contested game.
Free Pick and Prediction: Ohio Bobcats will win 24-20.