Iowa State vs Washington State 2018 Alamo Bowl Lines & Preview

Iowa State vs Washington State 2018 Alamo Bowl Lines & Preview

Written by on December 26, 2018

The 13th-ranked Washington State Cougars will be looking to get back in the win column in their 2018 finale while avoiding the upset against the 24th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones when the two schools square off in the 2019 Alamo Bowl on Friday, December 28, live from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

If you’re looking for some expert college football bowl game predictions, then let’s find out if the once, playoff-hopeful Cougars are the pick or whether the Cyclones are offering more value as a field goal underdog.

Iowa State vs Washington State 2018 Alamo Bowl Lines & Preview

Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 9°C/49°F
  • Humidity: 67%
  • Precipitation: 1%
  • Wind: 10  mph NE
  • Cloud Cover: 20%
  • Type of Stadium: Indoor

Why Bet On  The Iowa State Cyclones?

Why should you consider betting on 24th-ranked Iowa State? Well, the best reason would be because the Cyclones have an elite defense that ranks 36th in the nation in points allowed (22.5 ppg). Then, there’s the fact that Iowa State has some momentum coming into this contest having won two straight and seven of their final eight regular season games. The Cyclones barely managed to get past FCS Drake 27-24 in their finale on Dec. 1. Iowa State is averaging 26.8 points per game () and quarterback Brock Purdy has completed 66.3 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 26.83
  • Total Yards: 359
  • Pass Yards: 234.75
  • Rush Yards: 124.25
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 22.50
  • Total Yards: 351
  • Pass Yards: 228.75
  • Rush Yards: 122.25

Why Bet On the Washington State Cougars?

Why should you consider betting on 13th-ranked Washington State? Well, the best reason would be because the Cougars have the far more explosive offense in this matchup. Washington State averages a fantastic 38.3 points per game to rank 15th nationally in scoring.

This will be Washington State’s fourth consecutive bowl game appearance under head coach Mike Leach. Washington State had a 7-game winning streak during the regular season, but they’ll enter this affair with some extra motivation after falling to in-state rival Washington 28-15 in their regular season ‘Apple Cup’ finale.

Last but not least, another good reason to back the Cougars is because they have a solid defense that limits the opposition to just 23.1 points per game (39th). Quarterback Gardner Minshew II has been fantastic in completing a stupendous 70.6 percent of his passes with 36 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 38.33
  • Total Yards: 461.83
  • Pass Yards: 379.75
  • Rush Yards: 82.08
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 23.08
  • Total Yards: 344.83
  • Pass Yards: 208.75
  • Rush Yards: 136.08

Iowa State vs Washington State 2018 Alamo Bowl Betting Trends

  • Iowa State is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 games
  • Iowa State is 7-1 SU in the last 8 games
  • The total went UNDER in 14 of Iowa State’s last 20 games
  • Washington State is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 games
  • Washington State is 7-1 SU in the last 8 games
  • The total went OVER in 10 of Washington State’s last 15 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction for Iowa State vs Washington State

Iowa State might be a program on the rise under recently extended head coach Matt Campbell, but Washington State has the far more explosive offense, the better quarterback and the more talented roster on both sides of the ball. East Carolina transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew has played his way into being a definite NFL prospect and he’s got a bunch of athletic targets at the skill positions.

Washington State is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games while Iowa State has gone 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games. I like the Cougars to win and cover the spread with room to spare!

2018 Alamo Bowl Pick: Washington State 35 Iowa State 23