Oklahoma Sooners vs. Iowa State Cyclones Betting Preview
Where: Jack Trice Stadium — Ames, IA
When: Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Writer’s Pick: Oklahoma Sooners (-21)
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Betting on the Oklahoma Sooners (-21)
With the way he’s playing right now, Baker Mayfield appears to be worth the gamble at the price of +2,500 to win this year’s Heisman Trophy.
The senior quarterback has thrown for 781 yards with 11 touchdowns, including seven in the shootout win over the Red Raiders about two weeks ago, in the last two weeks. The Oklahoma Sooners have also won their previous five games (3-2 ATS) since the loss to Ohio State.
The Sooner’s recent success (568.0 total yards per game) this season isn’t just because of Mayfield’s efforts, though. The pair of RB Joe Mixon and WR Dede Westbrook deserves some credit, too.
Mixon leads the team in rushing yards (813) on 119 rushes with five running touchdowns, and ranks third nationally with an average of 195.4 all-purpose yards per game. But the Sooners have suspended him for this game, thus you can expect Mayfield to pass more to Westbrook, who has garnered more than 100 receiving yards with at least one touchdown in the last five games.
Betting on the Iowa State Cyclones (+21)
Looking at their 1-7 record (0-5 conference play) this season, many, if not some might be wondering why the Iowa State Cyclones head into this Thursday night’s encounter with the 14th-ranked Sooners just as a three-touchdown underdog.
The answer is determination—something that has helped the Cyclones compete and gradually improve throughout each game. They fought fairly well, on both sides of the field, against better programs like Baylor, Oklahoma State and Kansas State, losing only by single-digits in those matchups. Seeing them hold their ground against Oklahoma’s superior offense is not out of the question.
Iowa State quarterback Jacob Park passed for a career-high 301 yards, 250 of which were all gained in the second half, with two touchdown throws to Deshaunte Jones against Kansas State. He and Jones, who has corralled a total of 19 catches for 282 yards and five TDs in the last five games, could continue creating problems for the opposing defense.
The Cyclones have lost their last four games, but are 3-1 ATS during that stretch.
The Joe Mixon-less Sooners (-21) win, but comes up short in covering the spread.
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