Saturday, September 8
3:30 ET
Big Ten Network

The talent gap between these two teams has been gradually closing for the past several seasons. Iowa State pulled off the big upset last year, and they will look to repeat that success this year in Iowa City. Cyclone QB Steele Jantz looked poised in the season opener, even when Iowa State trailed early in the game against Tulsa. He has established a good connection with his favorite wideout, Josh Lentz. Meanwhile, Iowa QB James Vandenberg struggled in the vertical passing game against Northern Illinois. He had 21 completions for only 129 yards. Iowa had to rely on the ground game to notch a late touchdown to get the 18-17 win. If Iowa cannot pose a threatening downfield passing game, look for Iowa State to load the box and shut down the Hawkeyes one-dimensional offense. Iowa State’s balanced offensive attack led by Jantz should keep Iowa on their heels for most of the game. Even though the spread of this game has decreased from 5 to 3.5, it is still a good play considering ISU has a good chance at pulling off the outright win. After all, the underdog has won six straight against the spread in this matchup. Take Iowa State +3.5.

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