Sportsbooks Move Iowa, but the Hawkeyes and Iowa State Still Longshots

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  • College Football sportsbooks wait and see on Hawkeyes after win
  • The Cyclones still solid bet in Big 12
  • Iowa State duo fades in Heisman race

Never has there been so much at stake in the 68 meetings between the No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes and the No. 9 Iowa State Cyclones as there was in Saturday’s 27-17 Hawkeyes win over their state rivals.

Iowa State almost doubled total yardage on the Hawkeyes but fell victim to four turnovers as they could not goad Iowa into even one miscue.

This was the first time in history that both teams were ranked when facing off in the CyHawk series and oddsmakers gave the Hawkeyes their due as their odds to win the national championship jumped from (+10000) to (+6000) with a performance that was more dominating defensively than the score suggested.

The win vaulted the Hawkeyes from No. 10 in the nation to No. 5 in this week’s AP poll.

Iowa was at (+8000) back in the summer and the Hawkeyes slipped back at some point. Interestingly, the Hawkeyes were a preseason (+100000) a year ago when they started in what was Week 3 of the covid-abbreviated season.

The Cyclones were netting (+3000) odds after moving up to (+2500); however, Saturday’s loss saw a free-fall for the Cyclones who are now sitting at (+8000). Iowa State even fell to (+10000) within some sportsbooks.

The usual suspects are at the head of the class with Alabama at (+180) and Georgia (+330) before Oklahoma (+700), Clemson (+800) and Ohio State (+900) round out the top five.

Hawks Now in Thick of Big Ten Hunt

Ohio State (-165) didn’t take too much of a hit with the loss to Oregon as oddsmakers respected the Ducks.

The Hawkeyes moved up to (+450) after sitting at (+1200) for much of the preseason.

Iowa is a value pick coming out of the Big Ten West and could be a threat to win the league if some playmakers on offense can consistently step up; Penn State has (+600) odds and then there is a drop off with the Wisconsin Badgers (+600), another solid value pick, and Michigan at (+2000).

Some real money college football sportsbooks still have a high number on the Hawkeyes at (+1400) and then the Buckeyes are posted at (-225) to (-250). The Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions are neck-and-neck in some others as Penn State has even slid into a (-450) with Iowa at a (+500) as the sportsbooks currently suggest this is a three-team race.

The Buckeyes’ odds (+900) continue the foregone conclusion that they will win the Big Ten once again and then challenge for a berth in the BCS national championship series.

Storm Front Still Lethal for Big 12 Opponents

Oklahoma disposed over Western Carolina, 76-0, over the weekend as the Sooners maintained their (-240) odds-on-favorite handle on the Big 12 title game appearance.

The good news for Cyclones’ fans is that Iowa State is still popular with the oddsmakers as the Cyclones are second in the Big 12 and are posting (+500) odds.

Iowa State checked in at (+275) as the season began while Oklahoma (-170) was penciled in (really inked in) to win its seventh consecutive Big 12 title. The Cyclones also look have checked in at (+450) to (+500).

A year ago the Cyclones started at (+1000) to win the Big 12 Championship.

Texas is still the closest outlier of the Sooners and Cyclones with the Longhorns maintaining odds at (+750) which is the same as the preseason number.

Heisman Hopefuls

Iowa State running back Breece Hall and quarterback Brock Purdy had been getting some good run as longshots and sleeps picks to win the Heisman Trophy.

Hall had checked in at (+4000) while Purdy was set at odds of (+3500) to begin the season and they had maintained through Week 1, according to most of the sportsbooks.

On Saturday, Hall posted a pedestrian 16 carries for 69 yards while Purdy was only 13-of-27 for 138 yards and a paltry three interceptions.

The bottom fell out of any hopes for a mythical run by either player as both Hall and Purdy have identical (+10000) odds to win the Heisman.

Iowa currently has no one on the Heisman boards and when you look at the statistics on Saturday’s game, no one really stood out.

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young checks in at (+250) as he is the current favorite with conference counterpart Matt Corral (+500) and Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler (+600) at second and third. Some sportsbooks have Corral and Rattler tied at (+600).

On the Horizon

Iowa and Iowa State both have good chances this week to get their feet firmly planted before rolling into league play.

  • The Hawkeyes host the Kent State Golden Flashes at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday and have been installed as a 22.5-point favorite (-110). The OVER/UNDER on this game is set at 55 (-110).
  • Meanwhile, the Cyclones have a date with UNLV at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Iowa State is a 30-point favorite with (-115) odds while UNLV (+30) takes (-105). The OVER/UNDER sits at 52 (-110).
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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