Cheez-It Bowl: Clemson at Iowa State 12/29/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Cheez-It Bowl: Clemson at Iowa State 12/29/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK

Iowa State Cyclones (7-5) vs Clemson Tigers (9-3)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 5:45 pm (Camping World Stadium)

Betting Odds: Iowa State Cyclones +1.5 -- Over/Under: 44.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Clemson Tigers will take on the Iowa State Cyclones in the Cheez-It Bowl on Wednesday evening. 

The Clemson Tigers have won their last 6 games but have definitely under-achieved this season. They are coming off of a 30-0 win over South Carolina as 11.5-point favorites.

Their Quarterback, D.J. Uiagalelei finished 9 of 19 for 99 yards with 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. He had a QBR of 39.9 in the win. Although the passing game for the Tigers was flat, there were 3 rushing touchdowns in that game. 

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This offense is led by quarterback D.J Uiagalelei. He has completed 54.7 percent of his passes for 2,059 yards. He has nine touchdowns to nine interceptions. Will Shipley led the team with 678 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, 

The Tigers are averaging 26.8 points per game. They are averaging 191.5 passing yards and 171.3 rushing yards per game. Clemson is one of the peskiest defensive teams in the country, giving up 16.1 points per game.

The Iowa State Cyclones were able to pick up the easy win against the TCU Horned Frogs in their last contest. Quarterback Brock Purdy went 21 of 30 passing for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns to 0 interceptions in the blowout win. He had a QBR of 69.2.

Brock Purdy completed 73.1 percent of his passes for 2,984 yards, 18 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Breece Hall led the team with 1,472 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns but will opt out of this bowl to prepare for the NFL Draft. 

Iowa State is averaging 34.4 points per game. They are throwing for 268.8 yards and rushing for 168.6 yards per game. Iowa State also played well defensively, giving up 21.5 points per game. 

The Cyclones are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. The Tigers are 14-2 ATS in their last 16 games in December. The Tigers are also 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite. They will want to put this season to bed on a good note after falling under their high expectations. 

When guys miss bowl games for the draft, it says a lot about players commitment and enthusiasm to the team. With the Cyclones missing one of their best players on offense in Hall, I think the Clemson defense should have an easy time limiting the Cyclones in this one. They should win and cover in this one.

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Clayton’s Pick Clemson -1.5

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