Iowa State Cyclones (5-4) vs. BYU Cougars (5-4)
Iowa State Cyclones vs. BYU Cougars 11/11/23 – Iowa State Cyclones and BYU Cougars, each holding 5-4 records and set to square off on Saturday November 11th 2023 for what promises to be an exciting matchup, are scheduled to meet. Set for an epic match-up spanning across multiple dimensions. This NCAAF game prediction showcases two evenly-matched teams with unique strengths and weaknesses coming together for a showdown that could significantly change their season standings.
Key players for the Cyclones include running back Eli Sanders and wide receiver Jayden Higgins. Sanders, with 87 rushing attempts totalling 410 yards and 3 touchdowns on 87 attempts resulting in 337 total rushing yards has been an instrumental force on the ground, breaking through defenses to gain crucial yards that have helped power their offense. Higgins also stands out as an exceptional receiver; having recorded 31 receptions totalling 568 yards with 4 touchdowns to his credit he brings an exceptional threat against any defense with his ability to convert receptions into significant gains.
LJ Martin and Chase Roberts have been invaluable contributors for the Cougars. Running back LJ Martin has followed in Sanders’ footsteps by amassing 438 rushing yards and four touchdowns on just 96 attempts, providing crucial agility against Cyclones defenses. Chase Roberts provides reliable targets in passing game with 37 receptions for 512 yards and four touchdowns; his performance against Cyclones defense will be crucial.
Iowa State Cyclones vs. BYU Cougars 11/11/23 Game Info
|When:||Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 10:15 PM ET|
|Where:||LaVell Edwards Stadium|
Rocco Becht (QB) vs. Kedon Slovis (QB)
Rocco Becht, the Cyclones’ quarterback, has had an uneven season. On 162 completions out of 262 attempts and 1918 passing yards gained, his completion percentage stands at 61.8 and passer rating 134.4 both reflecting his ability to make crucial plays; yet 7 interceptions and 7 sacks indicate potential weaknesses under pressure. Becht’s aggressive yet cautious style will be vital to navigating through Cougars’ defense successfully.
Kedon Slovis of the Cougars boasts more unique statistics. His 57.5% completion rate from 266 attempts has produced 1716 yards; although his yards per attempt is lower than Becht, his passer rating of 122.1 and similar touchdown-interception ratio indicate a competent quarterback capable of holding his own in this matchup. Slovis must read the game well in order to make decisive throws under pressure in this clash.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Iowa State Cyclones -300, Total Odds: 40.5
The betting odds favor the Cyclones, with a spread of -7.5 and a moneyline of -300, indicating a perceived stronger position against the Cougars. The total of 40.5 points suggests expectations of a moderately scoring game, reflecting both teams’ defensive capabilities and offensive challenges.
Iowa State Cyclones Betting Trends
Iowa State’s betting trends show a mixed bag. Their ability to beat the spread in 4 of their last 6 games indicates a tendency to outperform expectations. However, their overall record in the last 18 games (6-12 SU) and particularly on the road (3-9 SU) reveals challenges they face in consistently delivering wins. The trend towards low-scoring games, with the total going UNDER in 13 of their last 17 games, suggests a strong defense but also potential limitations in scoring.
BYU Cougars Betting Trends
The Cougars, with a 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games, have struggled against the spread, indicating they often underperform compared to expectations. However, their 9-4 SU record in the last 13 games, including a perfect 5-0 at home, shows a team that knows how to secure wins, particularly on familiar ground. The UNDER trend in 5 of their last 6 games in week 11 aligns with the Cyclones, suggesting another potentially low-scoring encounter.
Iowa State Cyclones vs. BYU Cougars 11/11/23 Betting Picks
Based on the analysis and betting trends, this game looks to be a close contest. While the Cyclones are favored in the odds, the Cougars’ strong home record cannot be overlooked. The key battle will likely be between the Cyclones’ ability to break through the Cougars’ defense and the Cougars’ efforts to exploit any vulnerabilities in the Cyclones’ gameplay.
In terms of picks, the Cyclones might have a slight edge, but the Cougars’ home advantage and recent form make them a strong contender. Prop bets on individual player performances could be interesting, considering the key players’ stats. The over/under presents a challenging decision, given both teams’ tendencies towards lower-scoring games.
Top Handicapper Selections leans towards a Cyclones victory but anticipates a hard-fought game, with the Cougars pushing them every step of the way. The scoreline reflects the balance of offensive capability and defensive strength from both teams, making this matchup an intriguing and unpredictable NCAAF game.
Free Pick and Prediction: Iowa State Cyclones 24, BYU Cougars 20