Iowa State Cyclones
OVER 8 Wins?? -125
Now, the Cyclones are coming 14 starters and are directed by one of the most popular head coaching commodities in college football and that is Matt Campbell. Campbell was sought after by teams from the NFL but feels like he’s building something special in Ames, Iowa.
Iowa State is one of just two teams in the Big 12 (another being the Oklahoma Sooners) to acquire at least eight games in each of the previous two seasons. This team has five offensive players that are preseason All-Americans plus a quarterback in Brock Purdy who headed The Big 12 in passing efficiency effort.
You heard that correctly, Brock Purdy needed a much better efficiency than Heisman winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma along with Heisman optimistic Sammy Ehlinger of both Texas. Since he included 14 more points a game when he was called the starter, purdy turned this team around in the second half of this year.
In the backfield the Cyclones will miss NFL-bound David Montgomery but have novices Jirehl Brock and Breece Hall to fill the void.
The Cyclone defense directed the Big 12 and will be extremely powerful again. They allowed only 3.3 yards per carry, a marker that has been ninth-best in the country. Since the convention was founded in 1996, Iowa State had never completed first in scoring defense till they eventually did it within their turnaround year that was spectacular in’ 18.
Loads of players return such as standout security Greg Einsworth (directed team with 87 tackles), defensive end DaQuan Bailey (8 sacks, 14.5 tackles for a loss), along with linebackers Marcel Spears and Mike Rose.
Campbell’s team ended the year and has high expectations. Now becoming to eight-plus wins isn’t only something however there is a conference championship game within their reach.
In their non-conference schedule they’ve just two”cake” matches, versus Northern Iowa and Louisiana-Monroe, but lodged between those games that they have their in-state rivals, the Hawkeyes of Iowa. It is time for the Cyclones to create an early-season announcement and a triumph on the Hawkeyes (Iowa has won four straight in this series) will do just that.
Their street conference opponents are Baylor, West Virginia, Texas Tech (in AT&T Stadium) and Kansas State, all groups the Cyclones beat a year past. They do play another road game and that’s vs Oklahoma. The Cyclones shocked Heisman winner Baker Mayfield 38-31 and that the Sooners before you count that as a loss, don’t forget a couple of years back in Norman.
The week following that match the Longhorns venture to Jack Trice Stadium in the game which will determine who has a possible tiebreaker. Although Texas has??a good head coach in Tom Herman and a potent crime, the Longhorns??yield three??starters on defense also won’t be able to keep up with the Cyclones by game’s ending.
Things are changing in the Big 12 and the Iowa State Cyclones are the No. 1??shift that will select the convention by storm.
1 – Northern Iowa
2 – Iowa
3 – Louisiana-Monroe
4 – Baylor
5 – TCU
6 – West Virginia
7 – Texas Tech
8 – Texas
9 – Kansas
10 – Kansas State
1 – Oklahoma
Two – Oklahoma State
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