It’s business as usual in college football in Week 13, but there are a couple of bits of business that we need to attend to. There are, as there have been all this season, the usual slate of games postponed due to COVID. There is also a rather busy Friday schedule on tap this week. It is Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, which means that we always get some sports on the Friday after. One of the games that stands out this coming Friday is a Big 12 matchup that could go a long way towards deciding who ends up in the Conference Championship Game. There is a ton of pressure on both of these teams and the bookies have had a tough time picking out a clear favorite. It is the Longhorns who are favored by a single point at home, with the point total for this one set at 57. This one is anyone’s game, so it should be well worth tuning into. That said, let’s have a look at this upcoming match so you can make your bets against their NCAAF odds.
NCAA Football Odds & Picks – Iowa State Cyclones at Texas Longhorns
- When: Friday, November 27 at 12 PM EST
- Where: DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin
- TV: ABC
- Spread: Texas -110
Why bet on the Iowa State Cyclones
The Cyclones started the season with a 31-14 loss to ULL in a game that has zero impact on their chances of winning the Big 12. That game aside, the Cyclones have been solid this season, going 6-1 in conference play, which has them sitting atop the conference heading into this weekend. They are on a run of 3 straight wins and they have been getting those victories in some style, scoring 135 points during that run. They go on the road to face Texas knowing that they have just 1 win there in their last 8 visits. In their last 6 games versus conference foes, the Cyclones have gone 4-2 ATS. In terms of the point total, Iowa State has seen 13 of their last 17 go UNDER.
Why bet on the Texas Longhorns
The Longhorns are still very much in the hunt to make it to the Big 12 Championship Game, but the harsh reality is that at 4-2 in the conference standings, they simply cannot afford to take another loss. After back to back losses that appeared to have killed their season, the Longhorns have bounced back in a big way, winning 3 straight games, although none of them have been what you would call a comfortable win. The Longhorns have had the best of this matchup in recent years, winning 13 of the last 16 meetings. They have not been a particularly great pick against the spread, going 1-4-1 in their last 6 games, and given that they are favored y just 1 point here, that is something that you certainly need to think about.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is a tough game to call, but the one thing that I am leaning towards is the OVER. While the Cyclones have trended the other way, the Longhorns have seen 5 of their last 7 conference games go OVER the point total. I am taking the Cyclones to win a close one in a high scoring game.
Pick: Iowa State Cyclones 33 Texas Longhorns 30