ISU Vs. Kansas Betting Preview: Iowa State Heavily Favored At Kansas

Written By Drew Ellis on October 30, 2020

Iowa State saw its three-game win streak come to an end last weekend on the road.

The Cyclones will try to regroup on Saturday when they head to Kansas to face the winless Jayhawks.

Oddsmakers see Iowa State as a heavy favorite. Can the Cyclones live up to the expectations in this Big 12 clash?

How to watch Iowa State at Kansas

  • What: No. 23 Iowa State (3-2, 3-1 Big 12) at Kansas (0-5, 0-4)
  • When: 11 a.m. CST, Saturday, Oct. 31
  • Where: David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
  • TV: FS1
  • Online livestream:
  • Radio: KDRB-FM 100.3
  • Online radio stream: TuneIn
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Oddsmakers strongly back Iowa State

Despite coming off a loss, Iowa State is expected to roll on Saturday, according to oddsmakers.

Iowa State at Kansas Week 9 OddsDraftKings FanDuelFox BetPointsBetWilliam Hill
Point spread
(-110 juice unless noted)
ISU -28.5 -109
KAN +28.5 -112
ISU -27.5 -120
KAN +27.5 -102
ISU -28
KAN +28
ISU -28
KAN +28
ISU -28
KAN +28
MoneylineN/AISU -6000
KAN +1600
ISU -5000
KAN +1600
N/AISU -6000
KAN +1600
Total points
(-110 juice unless noted)
O 52.5 -109
U 52.5 -112
O 51.5 -118
U 51.5 -104
O 52
U 52
O 52
U 52
O 52
U 52

Sportsbooks are listing Iowa State anywhere from a 27.5 to 28.5-point favorite on the road.

The spread is so large, some sportsbooks aren’t offering a moneyline. Those books that are have ISU at -5,000 or -6,000.

The over/under is ranging from 51.5 to 52.5 points. An over/under of 52 has the standard -110 juice.

Cyclones look to continue dominance of Kansas

While Kansas owns the edge in the all-time series between these two 50-43-6, Iowa State has owned the recent history.

The Cyclones have won five straight and nine of the last 10 against the Jayhawks. The last three wins have been by double digits.

The under has been the trend in this series, as the two have hit it in five of their last seven encounters.

Kansas has struggled mightily at the betting window in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks have failed to cover in five straight conference games and in four straight home games.

When it comes to public betting, Iowa State has a slight edge. The Cyclones are getting about 55% of the wagers as the heavy favorite.

ISU edged by Oklahoma State

Iowa State had its 3-game win streak end last Saturday in a 24-21 loss on the road to No. 6 Oklahoma State.

The Cyclones provided heartbreak for Iowa sports bettors, as they were a 2.5-point underdog. ISU is just 2-3 against the spread on the season and 3-2 with the under.

Iowa State struggled on third down in the loss, converting just 4 of 14 3rd-down attempts. ISU also saw Connor Assalley miss two field goals that could have been the difference in the game.

The Cyclones were effective on the ground, rushing for 227 yards on 33 carries. However, ISU had just 162 passing yards.

Brock Purdy was 19 of 34 passing for 162 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Breece Hall rushed for 185 yards on 20 carries.

Defensively, Oklahoma State put up 461 yards on the Cyclones, including 226 yards on the ground.

Kansas struggling to be competitive

The 2020 season hasn’t been kind to Kansas.

Not only are the Jayhawks winless after a 55-14 loss at Kansas State last week, but Kansas has had every game decided by 15 points or more.

There hasn’t been a spread big enough for Kansas to cover, as they are 0-5 ATS this season. Sports bettors should note Kansas is also 4-0-1 with the over this season.

Kansas coach Les Miles is fresh off a battle with COVID-19 but now has to try to piece together this team.

The Jayhawks are averaging just 15 points and 273 yards per game on offense.

Miles has given the offense over to true freshman QB Jalon Daniels for the rest of the season. Daniels has thrown for 381 yards on 45 of 79 passing with one interception and no touchdowns.

Protection has been an issue, as Kansas has allowed 24 sacks in just five games.

Defensively, Kansas is giving up an average of 45 points and 437.6 yards per game. Kansas gives up 207 rushing yards per game so the Jayhawks will have their hands full with Hall.

Photo by AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall
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Drew Ellis has lived in Michigan his whole life and has been writing professionally 21 years. Ellis has covered anything from youth baseball in mid-Michigan, a top-25 college football program, and pro sports in the Detroit area. Always keeping busy, Ellis also has over 10 years of experience in covering sports betting, handling all major sports.

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