Saturday, October 24, 2020, Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m. ET
Cyclones at Cowboys Betting Preview: Cyclones (+3.5), Cowboys (-3.5)
Iowa State Cyclones
The 17th-ranked Cyclones (3-1, 3-0 Big 12) have recovered from their shocking loss to Louisiana in their opener and will take a three-game winning streak into their game against the Cowboys. The streak started with a 37-34 win at TCU that was followed by a 37-30 victory over Oklahoma and a more comfortable 31-15 decision over Texas Tech before last week’s open date.
The way the season has gone so far is not a surprise to Cyclones coach Matt Campbell.
“I think we knew we had a chance to start off slow in the season, just with some of the uncertainties leading up to fall camp and the early part of the season,” Campbell said. “And so, I think our kids understood that we were building our season and our team for the long haul.
Brock Purdy and Breece Hall have led the surge. Purdy, who is 14-5 in his career in conference games, has completed 78 of 125 passes for 912 yards with only one interception against four touchdowns.
Hall is second in the nation in rushing with his average of 132.8 yards a game. He has been in triple digits rushing in every game this season.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
No. 6 Oklahoma State (3-0, 2-0 Big12) has had two weeks off since its 47-7 spanking of Kansas and will be taking on a ranked opponent for the first time this season.
The Cowboys have two bonafide all-America candidates in running back Chubba Hubbard and receiver Tylan Wallace. Hubbard has rushed for 101 yards against TCU and 145 against the Jayhawks after settling for 93 in the opening win over Tulsa. Wallace has 19 catches for 325 yards and two touchdowns after making nine receptions for 148 yards against Kansas.
The interesting situation is at quarterback where Spencer Sanders looks to be healthy again after injuring his ankle in the opener.
Shane Illingworth has started and played the last two games and has completed 36 of 49 for 483 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Coach Mike Gundy said that Illingworth and Sanders have been alternating reps in the down time.
“We might play both,” Gundy said. “I’m not sure right now. We continue to give them quality work. Spencer is healthy, and obviously Shane has played pretty good. We’re in pretty good shape at the quarterback position.”
Cyclones at Cowboys Betting Pick for October 24, 2020
The Big 12 has a reputation as a high-scoring league, but both Iowa State and Oklahoma State have had their moments on defense this season. The Cyclones have 13 sacks, led by 4.5 from Will McDonald and 3.5 from fellow defensive end JaQuan Bailey. The Cowboys have not allowed more than 13 points in a game this season and are sixth nationally in total defense in giving up just 274.3 yards per game
Cyclones at Cowboys Betting Pick:
Cowboys 31, Cyclones 24
Cyclones at Cowboys Best Bet for October 24, 2020
Though both teams look solid defensively, they also are getting good quarterback play and have a number of weapons on offense. The Cyclones have averaged 414.8 yards a game behind Purdy (228 yards a game passing) and Hall (132.8 rushing). The Cowboys also have a 100-yard rusher in Hubbard (113.0 yards a game) and two solid quarterbacks.
Cyclones at Cowboys Best Bet: OVER 51.5
–Field Level Media