The Iowa State Cyclones play in the Big 12 Conference and are currently coached by Matt Campbell. The team plays at Jack Trice Stadium, which has a capacity of 61,500. Football first came to Iowa State University in 1878, but the team’s first official season came in 1894, ultimately finishing with an impressive 6-1 mark. In their history, the Cyclones have won two conference championships, both back in the early 1910s.
This guide to betting on the Iowa State University football team begins with a look back at the team’s history, including the three individuals who made the College Football Hall of Fame. Next up, the guide details the range of bets you’ll be able to place on Iowa State’s games, before finishing by examining exactly where and how to place sports betting wagers.
The most successful years for the Iowa State Cyclones were 1910 and 1911. At the time, the team was playing in the MVIAA (the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association) and was coached by Clyde Williams. In each of those years, the Cyclones would finish as co-champions in the conference, losing just 3 games over the two seasons.
Since the advent of the Associated Press poll to rank college football teams, the Iowa State Cyclones have been ranked in the top 25 a total of 49 times. On two occasions they have finished the season ranked — in 1976 they were ranked #19 after an 8-3 season, and in 2000 they were ranked #25 after a 9-3 season.
In their history, the Cyclones have played a total of 14 bowl games, winning four, with the latest success coming in 2017 when they beat Memphis 21-20 in the Liberty Bowl.
Ed Bock was the first Hall of Fame inductee for the Cyclones, in 1970. His senior season in 1938 saw the team finish with a 7-1-1 record, and he would become the first consensus first team All-American in the history of the team.
Earle Bruce was the head coach of Iowa State between 1973 and 1978, taking the team to only its second and third bowl appearances in team history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2002.
Troy Davis is considered to be the best running back in the history of the program. He twice earned consensus All-American honors and was the first ever NCAA Division I-A running back to rush for over 2,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. In 1996 he finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting, the closest a player from Iowa State University has ever come to winning the prestigious award.
College football plays a big role at any sportsbook in Iowa, especially when you consider there is no NFL team in the Hawkeye State. Here are some of the most popular wagers you can enjoy on the games.
Point Spread — The point spread sees the sportsbook add points onto the underdog’s total to make the game an even 50/50 proposition. If the Cyclones are underdogs, you’ll win if they either win the game, or lose by less than the point spread. If the Cyclones are the favored team, you’ll win if they win by more than the spread.
Money Line — This wager is a simple bet on which team will win the game. The more favored a team is, the lower its odds and the longer the odds are for the underdog.
Totals — With this wager, you’ll be predicting whether the total number of points (for both teams) will be above or below a given total. Back over and you’ll want touchdowns on every drive, while betting under will have you shouting “Defense!” at the TV or from the stands.
In some of the bigger games, such as bowl games, you’ll find prop bets offered, such as which team will be winning at the end of a given quarter, or how many touchdowns will be scored in the game.
With the advent of the College Football Championships, you can place a futures bet on the outright winner. While the Cyclones might be a long shot in this market, it’s always good to dream.
Virtually all of the casinos in Iowa now offer sports betting, many co-branding their retail sportsbooks with big betting brands. Online betting sites such as William Hill, DraftKings, FanDuel and FOX Bet are partnering with casinos (which hold the mobile betting licenses) to bring sports betting online.
You can bet from your mobile phone (via apps) or via websites on football and a huge range of pro/college sports including NCAA football and NCAA basketball from Iowa. Betting is also available on international fixtures. With sportsbook bonuses for new signups, innovative forms of betting and the flexibility to bet from anywhere, these apps are fast becoming the go-to for football fans in Iowa.