Big 12 Betting Preview: Iowa State A Slight Underdog To Unbeaten Oklahoma State

Written By Drew Ellis on October 21, 2020

The Iowa State Cyclones can take a big step toward a Big 12 Championship on Saturday.

The 17th-ranked Iowa State hits the road to face No. 6 Oklahoma State in one of the featured college football Week 8 games this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EST (Fox).

The odds are not in Iowa State’s favor, but Iowa sports bettors may see something different.

Oddsmakers across the board favor Oklahoma State

Iowa State (3-1, 3-0 Big 12) will have its hands full with Oklahoma State (3-0, 2-0) in Stillwater, but oddsmakers see this as a competitive game.

While none see Iowa State as the favorite, the odds are close.

Most oddsmakers are listing Iowa State as a 3.5-point underdog at Oklahoma State. The over/under varies from 51.5 to 52.5 points depending on the sportsbook.

Iowa State at Oklahoma State Week 8 OddsDraftKings FanDuelFox BetPointsBetWilliam Hill
Point spread
(-110 juice unless noted)
ISU +3.5 -114
OSU -3.5 -107
ISU +3.5 -122
OSU -3.5 +100
ISU +3 +100
OSU -3 -118
ISU +3.5 -130
OSU -3.5 +100
ISU +3.5 -115
OSU -3.5 -105
MoneylineISU +130
OSU -162
ISU +138
OSU -170
ISU +135
OSU -162
ISU +140
OSU -165
ISU +140
OSU -160
Total points
(-110 juice unless noted)
O 52.5 -107
U 52.5 -114
O 51.5 -112
U 51.5 -108
O 51.5 -110
U 51.5 -105
O 52
U 52
O 52
U 52

Iowa State is ranging from +130 to +140 while Oklahoma State is between -160 and -170.

History sides with the Cyclones

Oklahoma State has been a tough out for Iowa State throughout history, but the Cyclones have been the winners at the betting window.

The Cowboys are 32-19-3 all-time against the Cyclones, with wins in seven of the last eight meetings.

However, Iowa State has covered in four of their last five in the series, including two straight in Stillwater.

The over has also been a strong play in recent meetings, hitting in four of the last five between these two.

Public betting is opting for Oklahoma State, as of this writing. The Cowboys are getting about 60% of the wagers for this game.

Cyclones picking up steam

Iowa State opened its season with a rough 31-14 loss to Lafayette, but the Cyclones have won three straight since. Those wins were over TCU, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

Offense has been a strength the past three games, with Iowa State putting up at least 31 points in all three. They’ve also amassed over 415 yards in each win.

Breece Hall has gotten himself into the spotlight in 2020. The sophomore running back is currently third in the nation in rushing with 531 yards and eight touchdowns.

Junior quarterback Brock Purdy has been steady, throwing for 912 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy sees an NFL future ahead for Purdy.

Purdy’s offensive line has protected him well, allowing just four sacks in four games.

Defensively, Iowa State is giving up 27.5 points and 363.5 yards per game, which ranks right in the middle of the Big 12.

Cowboys unbeaten, but also untested

Oklahoma State is riding high at No. 6 in the nation; however, the Cowboys are now getting into the meat of their schedule.

Their scheduled contest last week with Baylor was postponed, but their three wins are against Tulsa, West Virginia and Kansas.

Normally known for explosive offense, Oklahoma State is the current defensive leader in the Big 12. The Cowboys are giving up just 9.0 points and 274.3 yards per game.

Oklahoma State is one of the few conference teams to be better than Iowa State on the ground. The Cowboys are averaging 213 yards per game rushing.

Chuba Hubbard led the nation in rushing in 2019 with 2,094 yards. He has 339 yards and four scores through three games in 2020. LD Brown is a steady option in the backfield as well, with 203 yards and a TD.

Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders was hopeful for a big 2020 but suffered an ankle injury early in the season opener against Tulsa.

Shane Illingworth has filled in and thrown for 483 yards and three scores, but Sanders is slated to return this week. Gundy has stated he may use both quarterbacks for Saturday’s game.

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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