Kansas at Iowa State: 10/2/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Kansas at Iowa State: 10/2/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State Cyclones (2-2) vs Kansas Jayhawks (1-3)

Game Info: Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Jack Trice Stadium)

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The Kansas Jayhawks will travel to Jack Trice Stadium to take on the Iowa State Cyclones this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Kansas Jayhawks lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 1-3 on the season after being defeated by the Duke Blue Devils, 52-33, this past Saturday. Kansas had no answers on the defensive end against the Duke defense and could not fight back after a Blue Devils took a 42-27 lead late in the 3rd quarter. Kansas was outgained by Duke by a 607-530 margin and committed 2 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Jayhawks was QB Jason Bean who completed 19 of 32 passes for 323 yards, 2 TD, & 2 INT while also adding 54 yards on the ground.

On the season, Kansas Jayhawks is averaging 19.8 ppg on 338.3 total yards per game (195.3 passing yds/g; 143.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Kansas has been led by QB Jason Bean who has completed 56.6% of his passes for 732 yards, 5 TD, & 2 INT while also adding 270 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on 55 carries. In the backfield with Bean, has been the duo of Devin Neal (39 att, 181 yards, 2 TD) & Torry Locklin (17 att, 66 yards, TD). The top receiving threats for the Jayhawks have been Trevor Wilson (12 rec, 216 yards, TD), Kwamie Lassiter II (15 rec, 210 yards, TD), & Lawrence Arnold (12 rec, 138 yards, 2 TD).

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Defensively, Kansas is allowing their opponents to average 40.0 ppg on 476.5 total yards per game (235.0 passing yds/g; 241.5 rushing yds/g).

The Iowa State Cyclones dropped to 2-2 on the season after being defeated by the Baylor Bears, 31-29, this past Saturday. Iowa State had a chance to force OT after trailing most of the game after a 16-yard TD reception by Breece Hall with just :24 seconds left in the 4th quarter, however, the Cyclones came up short after failing the game-tying two-point conversation. Iowa State outgained Baylor by a 479-282 margin and committed 1 turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Cyclones was RB Breece Hall who had 241 combined yards (190 rushing; 51 receiving) & 3 TD’s for the Cyclones.

On the season, Iowa State is averaging 27.5 ppg on 411.5 total yards per game (255.8 passing yds/g; 155.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Iowa State has been led by RB Breece Hall who has 428 rushing yards & 6 TD’s on 87 carries while also hauling in 14 receptions for 106 yards & 1 TD. QB Brock Purdy has completed 70.0% of his passes for 888 yards, 4 TD, & 4 INT while also rushing for 103 yards. The top receiving threats for the Cyclones have been Xavier Hutchinson (24 rec, 285 yards, 2 TD), Charlie Kolar (13 rec, 174 yards, TD), & Chase Allen (9 rec, 112 yards).

Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 17.8 ppg on 216.0 total yards per game (147.3 passing yds/g; 68.8 rushing yds/g).

The Jayhawks are 20-44-1 ATS in their last 65 road games and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Cyclones are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Iowa State hasn’t had the start to the season that they thought they would, however, this is still a very dangerous team led by one of the better defenses in the country that comes into this game ranked 3rd in total defense. Kansas was able to put up some points against Duke, however, this is still a bad team that currently ranks just 110th in scoring offense & 125th in scoring defense. Iowa State is a much better team that what they have shown and as I think they take some of their anger out on the Jayhawks at home in this one, I think the Cyclones win this one by 35+ and cover this large spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Iowa State Cyclones -34

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