Iowa State Cyclones College Football Betting
Regardless of what happens in the career of Iowa State Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell his place in history is secure. Campbell did the impossible when he led the Cyclones to their first-ever appearance in the Big 12 championship game. When you consider that the last time Iowa State won a conference title was 1912 the magnitude of the accomplishment starts to settle in. Most important of all is that Iowa State did not win by accident. Campbell has methodically built the Iowa State program into one of substance. This year’s success was not of the flash in the pan variety. This is why Cyclone fans and gamblers can believe in an Iowa State program that will have staying power, at least for the foreseeable future.
Iowa State Cyclones Weekly Odds
Iowa State Cyclones -4.5
Oregon Ducks +4.5
Iowa State Cyclones Weekly Matchup
On Saturday, January 2, 2021, the Iowa State Cyclones will face the Oregon Ducks in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Kickoff time is set for 4 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN.
The Oregon Ducks are coming off a 31-24 win in the Pac-12 championship game over the USC Trojans as 3-point road dogs. Oregon was a substitute replacement for the Washington Huskies due to the pandemic. They ended up as Pac 12 champions. Oregon now stands at 4-2 straight up, 3-3 against the spread, and 3-3 on totals. Oregon ranks 30th in the nation for scoring offense and 55th for points allowed.
Iowa State Cyclones Weekly Recap
The Iowa State Cyclones are coming off a 27-21 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 championship game as 5 point dogs. The Cyclones fell behind 17-0 before pulling together and nearly stealing the game. A minus-three turnover margin was the ultimate difference. Iowa State is now 8-3 straight up, 6-5 against the spread, and 4-7 under the total. Iowa State ranks 29th in the nation for total offense and 29th for points allowed.
Brock Purdy threw for 322 yards and 1 touchdown but also with 3 interceptions. It was a disappointing finish for the junior that is likely to come back stronger. He now has a 143.5 rating with 18 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions. Breece Hall totaled 1436 yards rushing with 5.9 yards per rush and 19 touchdowns.
Matt Campbell has had some heartfelt interviews and press conferences where he has talked about the players that originally committed to his Iowa State program. Campbell flatly states that he had absolutely nothing to sell to recruits when he took over. There was no winning tradition or reason to believe that Iowa State would become a winner. Yet players saw something in Campbell and bought into his vision. When Iowa State upset Texas to clinch a spot in the Big 12 championship game, running back Breece Hall summed it up best. Hall said that Iowa State’s “five-star culture beats five-star recruits.”
Matt Campbell earned his bones as an assistant coach from 2003 through 2011 before becoming head coach at Toledo. While leading the Rockets program he put together four consecutive winning seasons and three bowl campaigns. His 2015 team broke into the national top 25 rankings and scored a major upset over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Campbell even passed on a chance to coach for Urban Meyer at Ohio State to run his own program at Toledo instead. Since that time he had a serious request from the NFL New York Jets for an interview and turned them down. This is the fourth consecutive year that he will lead Iowa State to a bowl game. Campbell has already won Big 12 coach of the year honors three times.
All told Campbell has had the last laugh. He was ridiculed for taking the Iowa State job but built a program and culture in his own image. Now he turns down other more prestigious programs that are living in the past of their old and outdated cultures. Campbell seems to prefer staying at a place where he built the program rather than somewhere else where he may have to adapt.
2020 Iowa State Cyclones Schedule
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