The latest breaking news in college football is all about the Big 12, specifically that Oklahoma and Texas want out. Both of those schools are eyeing a move to the SEC in what appears to be little more than a money grab. If they do move on, it would leave a massive hole in the Big 12, a conference that Oklahoma has dominated in recent years. The Sooners won it last season, but they did not finish on top in the regular season. That distinction went to the Iowa State Cyclones, who will be looking to go one better this season. Can they take advantage of the disruptions in the conference and make some noise in 2021? Let’s take a look and see so you can start planning your bets against their NCAAF odds.
2021 College Football Betting | Iowa State Cyclones Preview for the Upcoming Season
The Cyclones in 2020
The Cyclones saw their season get off to a rough start in 2020 with a loss to Louisiana in the opening week. Things did not look particularly bright, but they rebounded nicely and put together a 3-game win streak, which included a win over Oklahoma, before losing to Oklahoma State. They then closed out the regular season by winning 5 straight games, a run that took them to the top of the conference and into the championship game, where they lost to the Oklahoma Sooners.
Finishing up the season with 3 losses meant that the Cyclones weren’t really in the playoff conversation, but they did manage to get themselves a very decent bowl game versus the Oregon Ducks. They won that one 34-17 to close out what was a very good season. Looking ahead, there is reason to believe that things might be about to get even better for Iowa State.
The Cyclones Odds and Outlook for 2021
Let’s start the preview out by taking a look at the Iowa State Cyclones offense, which looks to be in very good shape. During his 3 years as a starter, QB Brock Purdy has amassed almost 9,000 yards and 68 TD passes, so he is bringing a wealth of college experience to the table. He has a ton of weapons to choose from, with TE Charlie Kolar very high on the list. This is an offense that has some next level talent and guys that will soon be playing on Sunday afternoons. The offensive line lost Keke Nwangwu to the NFL, but most of their veteran starters are back, which should allow Purdy plenty of time to do what he does best.
It’s good news on the defense, too, with 12 of their 15 starters returning to action this coming season. There are still some concerns with the Cyclones secondary, and while they had a tendency to give up some yards last season, they are also a hard-hitting bunch that can wreak havoc on any given play. The D-Line is not one that delivers a ton of pressure on the opposing QB, but they do enough to give their team a chance to win every single week.
As we get ready to head into the 2021 college football season, the Oklahoma Sooners (-220) are favorites to win the Big 12 once again. The Cyclones are in at +375, the same odds as the Texas Longhorns, while the rest of the teams are a good way back. With so many starters returning, you do feel that Iowa State has a real shot at being in the Conference Championship Game again this season.
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