CFB Odds Update: Cyclones Host Kansas As Heavy Favorites

Written By Russ Mitchell on September 29, 2021 - Last Updated on July 22, 2022
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Fans in and around Jack Trice Stadium usually hear an outdoor storm siren whenever Iowa State scores a touchdown. And, Iowa sports betting operators think the siren operator in Ames will be busy when Kansas comes for a visit Saturday.

The Jayhawks opened the season with a 17-14 win over South Dakota, but opposing offenses have had their way during a three-game slide:

  • 4922 at Coastal Carolina
  • 457 vs. Baylor
  • 5233 last week at Duke

Iowa State coach Matt Campbell and Kansas coach Lance Leipold come from similar backgrounds. Both coaches:

  • Gained experience in NCAA Division III football.
  • Earned head coaching jobs with Mid-American Conference programs.
  • Used their success for a coaching opportunity in the Big 12.

Campbell told reporters at his weekly press conference:

“I will tell you guys he’s gonna do a tremendous job at Kansas. It was a great hire. He’s a guy that gets it. He understands what he’s looking for. You can already see, watching their team play, they’ve gotten better every week. They’ve got a plan and they’re following that plan.”

How to watch Kansas at Iowa State game

  • What: Kansas (13) at Iowa State (22)
  • When6 p.m. Saturday
  • WhereJack Trice Stadium in Ames
  • TVFS1

Iowa State is working through some adversity, too.

The Cyclones were No. 7 in the preseason AP Top 25 rankings, but they’ve tumbled out of the poll after a 2-2 start. Baylor pinned a second loss on the Cyclones Saturday when the Bears stopped a two-point try with :24 left to seal a 31-29 win.

Campbell said:

“No matter where we were, there were going to be some really good things that would come out of that game. And, there were going to be some things we needed to work on. The telltale sign with 18- to 22-year-olds is, man, how do we just get this mentality to get better one day at a time? It’s hard to say this — we’re obviously results-aware, we know what we want to get from a result standpoint. But how do we stick to our process?”

Kansas at Iowa State odds

Campbell sees the Kansas game as an opportunity to build — not a “reset” after a loss in the conference opener.

“I think the best reset we’ve got to be honest with you is getting on the road. I think going to UNLV was really good for our team — to kind of get out. It’s been a really unique start to the season, in terms of what it is. You got two big rivalry games (UNI and Iowa) early on, you got to go play on the West Coast (in Las Vegas), then you go play a huge conference game. But man, that’s college football. This is it.”

NCAAF live odds around the Big 12

The top two teams in the Big 12 get a Dec. 4 rematch at the Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, TX. The conference champion earns a bid to the Sugar Bowl unless the champion goes to the four-team College Football Playoff instead. That would free up the Sugar Bowl for a second-place team.

With that in mind, here’s a schedule and guide to bet on the Iowa State Cyclones as well as the rest of the Big 12.

11 a.m. Texas at TCU (ABC)

2:30 p.m. No. 6 Oklahoma at Kansas State (FOX)

2:30 p.m.Texas Tech at West Virginia (ESPN2)

6 p.m.Kansas at Iowa State (FS1)

6 p.m. No. 21 Baylor at No. 19 Oklahoma State (ESPN2)

Other Top 25 games and live college football odds

Virginia travels to Miami (FL) on Thursday to start a weekend of college football bets. The first games involving top 25 teams begin on Friday including the Iowa-Maryland game.

Friday, Oct. 1

7 p.m.No. 5 Iowa at Maryland (FS1)

8 p.m.No. 13 BYU at Utah State (CBS Sports Network)

11 a.m. games (unless noted)

No. 8 Arkansas at No. 2 Georgia (ESPN)

No. 14 Michigan at Wisconsin (FOX)

Louisville at No. 24 Wake Forest (11:30 a.m. ESPN3)

No. 7 Cincinnati at No. 9 Notre Dame (1:30 p.m. NBC)

UL-Monroe at No. 16 Coastal Carolina (1:30 p.m. ESPN+)

2:30 p.m. games

No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama (CBS)

No. 3 Oregon at Stanford (ABC)

No. 11 Ohio State at Rutgers (BTN)

6 p.m. games (unless noted)

No. 10 Florida at Kentucky (5 p.m. ESPN)

Louisiana Tech at No. 23 North Carolina State (5 p.m. ESPN+/ACC Network Extra)

Mississippi State at No. 15 Texas A&M (SEC Network)

6:30 p.m. games

Indiana at No. 4 Penn State (ABC)

Western Kentucky at No. 17 Michigan State (BTN)

Boston College at No. 25 Clemson (ACC Network)

Late games

No. 22 Auburn at LSU (8 p.m. ESPN)

Arizona State at No. 20 UCLA (9:30 p.m. FS1)

No. 18 Fresno State at Hawaii (10 p.m. CBS Sports Network)

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Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.

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