Former Cyclone offensive coordinator Tom Herman returns to Iowa State as Longhorn head coach on Thursday. The Week 5 college football betting spread favors Texas by 6-points over Iowa State. The two Big 12 teams square off on September 28th at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN at the Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.
Both teams are coming off a bye, but the Cyclones put up 40-plus points in their first three contests and is running on all cylinders in head coach Matt Campbell’s second season. This is a must-win for the Longhorns. Texas’ road only gets bumpier with K-State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State after this Thursday.
Texas Longhorns Vs Iowa State Cyclones College Football Week 5 Spread & ATS Pick
What: Texas Longhorns (1-2) at Iowa State Cyclones (2-1)
When: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Ames, IA
Stadium: Jack Trice Stadium
Spread: Texas -6
Game Total: 63.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Texas vs Iowa State
Why Bet The Texas Longhorns To Beat The Cyclones
Through three weeks, Texas’ Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde style of play has the Longhorns snapping off big plays one minute followed by ineptitude. But there is no doubt the Longhorns can run the ball.
Seven of their 12 offensive touchdowns have come on the ground. Texas averages 190.7 rushing yards per game through 3. The rushing duo of junior Chris Warren III and sophomore Kyle Porter have torched opposing defenses. Warren III is averaging 8.2 yards per carry and Porter averages 3.5.
Why Bet The Iowa State To Beat The Longhorns
Junior QB Jacob Park is the reason Iowa State has a shot in this Big 12 tilt. He has thrown for 935 yards, eight touchdowns while tossing just two picks.
Park leads an offense which averages 311.7 passing yards per game. That’s good enough for 18th best in the nation. His top target? Sophomore WR Hakeem Butler who is averaging 15.6 yards per catch and has found the end zone three times this season. Senior WR Allen Lazard has also caught a trio of TDs this season.
Iowa State’s offense, while different, is as good as the Longhorns’. The Cyclones are a pass first team Their average of 41.3 points per game is proof positive.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On
- Longhorns are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Cyclones are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games
- Cyclones are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a home underdog.
Texas Vs. Iowa State Week 5 Betting Analysis
Texas has scored 9 TDs on 15 red zone trips. That ranks the Longhorns 118th in the nation in red zone efficiency. At the same time Iowa State ranks 121st in the country in red zone defense. The Cyclone D has allowed opponents to score 11 times (9 TDs) in red zone trips.
If Texas can finish long drives they will carry the day.