The Iowa State Cyclones are going to play in their first Big 12 Championship Game, so expect them to go all out against the Oklahoma Sooners, who are looking to have the last laugh in their season matchup with Brock Purdy and company. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Oklahoma Sooners vs Iowa State Cyclones NCAA Week 16 College Football Game on December 19, 2020
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
When: Saturday, December 19, 2020, 12:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the Oklahoma Sooners (-6)
Record: 7-2 Overall / 6-2 Conference
The Sooners are not only getting a crack at the Big 12 title this coming Saturday. They are also having a chance to avenge their 37-30 road loss to Iowa State early this season. Since that loss, the Sooners have been like a house on fire, winning all of their six succeeding games, including their 27-14 victory at home over the Baylor Bears on Dec. 5. The key for the Sooners in this rematch is to find a way to contain running back Breece Hall who ran circles around them in the first meeting. Hall had 139 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries in that game, but he could be facing an entirely stingier Sooners defense, one that has allowed only one rushing score and just an average of 81.4 rushing yards over their last three games — the third-best in the nation in that stretch. Moreover, the Sooners will get a boost on offense this time around with running back Rhamadore Stevenson set to play this weekend. Stevenson was not around in the Iowa State game back in October, but he now leads the team with six rushing touchdowns to go with 382 rushing yards on 65 carries.
Oklahoma is 6-4 against the spread in its last 10 games overall.
Betting on the Iowa State Cyclones (+6)
Record: 8-2 Overall / 8-1 Conference
The Cyclones will enter the Big Ten title game with a psychological advantage, knowing that they have already beaten the Sooners once this season. But that aside, Iowa State has also gained a ton of confidence and momentum from its recent surge. The Cyclones have gone 5-0 over their last five games, a stretch that saw them beat the Texas Longhorns and West Virginia Mountaineers. As mentioned earlier, Hall is expected to be a problem for Oklahoma’s defense, but quarterback Brock Purdy is also a man to watch out for. Purdy, who passed for 254 yards and a touchdown without an interception on 12-of-24 completions in the win over Oklahoma, has stepped up his game of late. He has completed 72 percent of his passes in the last five games, which is an 11 percent improvement compared to his numbers in the Cyclones’ first five games this season. As a team, Iowa State is averaging 34.0 points per game and giving up 21.3 points per contest.
Iowa State is 6-4 against the spread in its last 10 games overall.
Oklahoma wins, 33-30.
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