Iowa State at UNLV - 9/18/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Iowa State at UNLV - 9/18/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

UNLV Rebels (0-2) vs Iowa State Cyclones (1-1)

Game Info: Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 10:30 pm (Allegiant Stadium)

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The 14th ranked Iowa State Cyclones will travel to Allegiant Stadium to take on the UNLV Rebels this Saturday night in College Football action.

The 14th ranked Iowa State Cyclones dropped to 1-1 on the season after being defeated by the 10th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, 27-17, this past Saturday. Iowa State was strong defensively, however, struggled with turnovers and could not fight back after the Hawkeyes Jack Campbell returned an Iowa State fumble for a TD gave Iowa a 21-10 lead with 5:08 left in the 3rd quarter. Iowa State outgained Iowa by a 339-173 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 4-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Cyclones was RB Breece Hall who had 69 rushing yards & 1 TD on 16 carries.

On the season, Iowa State is averaging 16.5 ppg on 337.0 total yards per game (225.5 passing yds/g; 111.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Iowa State has been red by RB Breece Hall who has 138 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on 39 attempts while also hauling in 8 receptions for 55 yards. QB Brock Purdy has completed 64.2% of his passes for 337 yards, 0 TD, & 3 INT. The top receiving threats for Purdy and the Cyclones have been Xavier Hutchinson (10 rec, 110 yards), Darren Wilson Jr. (4 rec, 66 yards), & Tarique Milton (5 rec, 59 yards, 1 TD).

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Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 18.5 ppg on 224.0 total yards per game (168.0 passing yds/g; 56.0 rushing yds/g).

The UNLV Rebels dropped to 0-2 on the season after being defeated by the 23rd ranked Arizona State Sun Devils, 37-10, this past Saturday. UNLV held a 10-7 lead midway through the 2nd quarter, however, the Rebels struggled offensively the rest of the way and could not fight back after a 1-yard TD run by the Sun Devils Rachaad White gave Arizona State a 27-10 lead with 13:10 left in the 4th quarter. UNLV was outgained by Arizona State by a 465-155 margin and gained only 11 first downs in the loss. Leading the way for the Rebels was QB Doug Brumfield who completed 6 of 14 passes for 60 yards while also rushing for 43 yards & 1 TD.

On the season, UNLV is averaging 21.5 ppg on 247.0 total yards per game (103.5 passing yds/g; 143.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UNLV has been led by RB Charles Williams who has 212 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on 41 carries. QB Doug Brumfield has completed 42.3% of his passes for 177 yards, 0 TD, & 1 INT. Brumfield is the 2nd leading rusher for the Rebels as he has 70 yards & 2 TD’s on 15 carries. The top receiving threats for the Rebels have been Kyle Williams (8 rec, 114 yards), Zyell Griffin (3 rec, 40 yards), & Steve Jenkins (4 rec, 22 yards).

Defensively, UNLV is allowing their opponents to average 36.0 ppg on 468.0 total yards per game (274.5 passing yds/g; 193.5 rushing yds/g).

The Cyclones are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games following a straight up loss. The Rebels are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 September games.

It’s been a struggle offensively for Brock Purdy and Iowa State offense to start the season, but make no mistake, this is still a very talented Iowa State offense which should be able to find their footing against a UNLV defense that currently ranks just 117th in all of College Football in scoring defense. Iowa State has been strong defensively this season as they rank t-7th in total defense and as I just don’t see UNLV having any success on the offensive end in this one, I think Iowa State wins this won by 40 and covers this spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Iowa State Cyclones -30.5

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