Saturday, December 5, 2020, Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa, 3:30 p.m. ET
Mountaineers at Cyclones Betting Preview: Mountaineers (+7), Cyclones (-7)
West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Preview
With a game to follow against Oklahoma, the Mountaineers (5-3, 4-3 Big 12) still have a mathematical shot at gaining a share of the Big 12 regular-season title and berth in the league’s championship game as they travel to league-leader Iowa State.
That puts a little extra on the on the matchup.
“It’s two teams playing as good as anybody in our league to finish up,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. “The keys for us to win are we’re going to have to take care of the football. We’ve got to establish a run game and stop the run. Down the stretch, those are going to be critical pieces for us.”
The Mountaineers have been idle since defeating TCU on Nov. 14 behind 195 rushing yards from Leddie Brown and a pair of touchdown passes from Jarret Doege to T.J. Simmons.
Doege has passed for an average of 277.4 yards a game this season, completing 65.9 percent of his attempts for 13 touchdowns against only three interceptions. His No. 1 target has been Winston Wright Jr. with 42 receptions for 494 yards and two touchdowns.
Brown has rushed for 896 yards and nine touchdowns and also hauled in 27 receptions for another 184 yards and two scores.
No. 9 Iowa State Cyclones Betting Preview
The No. 9 Cyclones (7-2, 7-1 Big 12) have clinched a share of the conference regular-season title and have eyes on their first league title of any kind in 108 years.
“Every once in a while, I will think about all the accomplishments,” senior wide receiver Landen Akers said. “I think we really came up from nothing and brought this program to be something.”
Iowa State sits atop the conference standings and a win this week would earn the Cyclones a spot in the league’s championship game. But a slip-up could muddle the picture as several other teams play games next week following previous postponements related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Several things beyond a Mountaineers victory in Ames would need to happen, but even West Virginia (5-3, 4-3) could vault into contention for a top-two conference finish.
The Cyclones extended their winning streak to four games with a 23-20 victory at then-No. 17 Texas last week. Breece Hall rushed for a go-ahead 3-yard touchdown with 1:25 to play and finished with 91 yards on 20 carries, the first time this season he hasn’t been in triple digits rushing.
He gained 30 of the team’s 69 yards on its final drive, however.
Hall ranks second in the nation with 16 rushing touchdowns and 1,260 yards on the ground, helping the Cyclones to 195.9 rushing yards a game, second in the conference.
Iowa State has limited West Virginia to fewer than 200 yards of total offense in the schools’ past two meetings, both Cyclones victories.
Mountaineers at Cyclones Betting Pick for December 5, 2020
The two teams have met only eight times with the Mountaineers holding a 5-3 advantage, including a 3-1 mark in games played in Ames. Iowa State won the last meeting, however, 38-14, in Morgantown, the Cyclones second consecutive win in the series. Brock Purdy was 19 of 30 passing for 229 yards and Hall rushed for 132 yards.
Mountaineers at Cyclones Betting Pick:
Cyclones 28, Mountaineers 17
Mountaineers at Cyclones Best Bet for December 5, 2020
The Cyclones rallied to beat Texas 23-20 their last outing while the Mountaineers were cruising past TCU 24-6.
Iowa State has averaged 33.1 points a game and given up 33 while the Mountaineers have averaged scoring only 29.4 points but have held foes to just 17.8 points an outing.
Mountaineers at Cyclones Best Bet: UNDER 49.5
–Field Level Media