ESPN’s Friday night football features one of the highest rated college football teams in the country when they kick off the weekend. The No. 2 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys will go up against the Iowa State Cyclones.
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The college football spread for this game in week 12 opened with the Cowboys listed as 25 point favorites over the lowly Cyclones. Then the betting public chimed in and jumped all over the top ranked teams, as they often do, and 89% of the early betting money has bumped this up to the title of 27 points.
Iowa State has had some problems winning ballgames this year and once had a four game losing streak. However, they have rebounded of late and are on a modest two game winning streak to include a win over a top 25 ranked Texas Tech team. Freshman quarterback Jared Barnett ran for 125 yards on 22 carries and threw for another 175 yards, completing 16 of 30 passes with one interception against Kansas and will have to duplicate that effort if they hope to beat the high-octane Cowboys. Their only hope in this game may be keeping the ball away from the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State’s biggest hurdle in this game will be the look-ahead as they have a huge game against Oklahoma next that could decide the BCS fate of the Cowboys. Quarterback Brandon Weeden is a killer in this offense and is putting up astronomical numbers but the defense lacks consistency. If the Cyclones can take advantage of the defense with a solid ground game, the offense may not be able to take over like they have in the past.
The Cyclones are 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a home underdog of 10.5 or greater.
Iowa State still needs a win to become bowl eligible and hosting top ranked team on a national television is enough motivation to get the extra effort from the Cyclones.
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