College Football Picks: Side With Iowa State +6 vs. Kansas State

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, November 19, 2015 12:12 AM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:12 AM UTC

We’re going to examine Saturday’s contest between Iowa State and Kansas State. Go inside to read our revealing betting preview article on this game, and it concludes with a college football pick.

Ho-Hum Big 12 Game on Saturday
A couple of Big 12 teams playing out the proverbial string will square off on Saturday when Kansas State hosts Iowa State. The opening kickoff at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas is slated for Noon ET. Current (11/18) college football odds at 5Dimes indicate that Kansas State is a 6.0 point favorite, and the posted total is 54.0. Kansas State has defeated Iowa State seven consecutive times, and that includes a narrow 32-28 win at Ames last season. The last Cyclones win in this head to head series occurred on 11/3/2007 when they won 31-20 at home. Iowa State hasn’t won in Manhattan since 2004.


Brutal 2015 Schedule
Iowa State certainly has an excuse pertaining to their 3-7 record this season. Their seven losses have come against teams that are currently a combined 61-9, including four with just 1 loss, and another two that remain undefeated. Their two conference wins have come over winless Kansas and a 4-6 Texas team. They nearly put an end to the national championship hopes of Oklahoma State (10-0) last Saturday. They led the Cowboys 31-21 entering the fourth quarter before coming up short in a 35-31 loss as an 11.5 point underdog.


Rare Bad Year for Bill Snyder and the Wildcats
Kansas State began the season 3-0 with all of those wins coming against non-conference opponents. Then conference action began, and they’ve proceeded to lose six games in a row. Things really began to unravel after a couple of back to back heartbreaking losses. They lost 36-34 at Oklahoma State when the Cowboys kicked a game winning field goal with just 0:32 left to play. Then the following week they led TCU 35-17 at the half, and 42-31 with less than eight minutes left before falling 52-45. Since that time, they’ve been outscored by a cumulative margin of 168-77.


Final Thoughts and Pick
Something certainly has to give in this contest. These teams have combined to go 1-11 over the past six weeks. My personal eye test favors Iowa State in this contest, especially as a touchdown underdog, and they’ll be one of my college football picks this week.

College Football Picks: Iowa State +6 at 5Dimes

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