Over the past few years, the Big 12 conference has become one that is incredibly fun to watch, mostly because so many of the games turn into offensive shootouts where the scoring is relentless. Baylor, TCU, and West Virginia have all played a major role in making the conference this way, and it is those three teams who are likely to be vying for top spot this season. Baylor showed their intent with an impressive 35-24 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys last week, and they will be looking to build on that against Iowa State this coming Saturday. The Bears are an 18.5-point favorite for this meeting, but you can bet that they will not be taking anything for granted. The Cyclones finally broke their goose egg with a win over San Jose State last weekend, and are sure to be coming into this one feeling a little bit better about themselves after a 0-3 start to the season. The last two meetings between these two have produced a lot of points, and we can expect more college football betting lines of the same on Saturday.
In Depth Analysis On The Baylor Bears At Iowa State Cyclones College Football Week 5 Winning Favorites
When: Saturday, October 1 at 12 PM EST
Where: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
NCAAF Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Iowa State Cyclones
It’s easy to get carried away in talking about how good Baylor are, forgetting that the Iowa State Cyclones have won 4 of the last 5 meetings against Baylor at home. We can take that with a little bit of a pinch of salt, though, since that record stretches all the way back to 1992. In the last meeting in Ames, it was Baylor who came away with the comfortable 49-28 win. Baylor has won comfortably in the past two meetings, and you have to believe that the Cyclones will basically be looking to keep this thing respectable. That means getting the same sort of production out of their 2 QB system as they did last week in the win against San Jose State.
Why bet on the Baylor Bears
While Oklahoma State may not be the best team that the Big 12 has to offer, they are still no slouch. Baylor were magnificent against them last weekend, and looked strong in every single phase of the game. In recent years, this has been a team that has been an offensive juggernaut, but which has had their issues on defense. This group appears to be a little more balanced, although it has to be said that it’s the offense that’s going to win them more than their fair share of games. That said, you have to give big props to the defense, as they managed 4 sacks and 3 forced fumbles against the Cowboys last week. A similar performance this coming Saturday could well mean that a blowout is on the cards.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like Baylor to win the Big 12 this year, which means that this game is really nothing more than a stepping stone that takes them closer to that goal. They have blown out the Cyclones in the last two meetings, and it should be another comfortable win here.