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Xavier Hutchinson will lead the Iowa State Cyclones (3-0) into their battle versus the Baylor Bears (2-1) at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday at 12:00 PM ET.
The Bears are underdogs, but by less than a field goal (+2.5), versus the Cyclones (with an over/under of 45 points).
Game Info and Betting Lines for Iowa State vs. Baylor
- Game Day: Saturday, September 24, 2022
- Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN2
- Location: Ames, Iowa
- Stadium: Jack Trice Stadium
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Iowa State Betting Insights
- Baylor is 2-1-0 against the spread this year.
- Baylor is 0-1 against the spread when an underdog by 2.5 points or greater this season.
- One of Baylor’s three games with a set total has hit the over (33.3%).
Iowa State Stats & Insights
- On the defensive side of the ball, Iowa State has been a top-25 unit, ranking 10th-best by giving up only 234.3 yards per game. The offense ranks 71st (415.0 yards per game).
- Iowa State ranks 74th in points scored this year (31.7 points per game), but has been playing really well on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 11th-best in the FBS with 9.0 points allowed per game.
- Iowa State ranks 48th in passing yards this year (259.0 per game), but has been playing really well on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 25th-best in the FBS with 174.3 passing yards allowed per game.
- Iowa State ranks 77th in rushing yards this season (156.0 rushing yards per game), but has been playing really well on the other side of the ball, ranking fifth-best in the FBS with 60.0 rushing yards allowed per game.
- Iowa State has been thriving on both sides of the ball in terms of third-down efficiency, ranking 25th-best in third-down conversion rate (51.1%) and 18th-best in third-down conversion rate allowed (25.6%).
- With eight forced turnovers (ninth in the FBS) against five turnovers committed (74th in the FBS), Iowa State’s +3 turnover margin is the 22nd-best in college football.
Iowa State’s Best Players
- Hunter Dekkers has thrown for 745 yards (248.3 ypg) to lead Iowa State, completing 74.3% of his passes and tossing eight touchdown passes compared to three interceptions this season.
- The team’s top rusher, Jirehl Brock, has carried the ball 50 times for 280 yards (93.3 per game), scoring one time. He’s also caught 10 passes for 53 yards.
- Deon Silas has carried the ball 16 times for 75 yards (25.0 per game) and two touchdowns.
- Hutchinson’s team-leading 319 yards as a receiver have come on 28 receptions (out of 40 targets) with five touchdowns.
- Sean Shaw Jr. has hauled in eight receptions totaling 86 yards, finding the end zone one time as a receiver so far this campaign.
- Jaylin Noel has compiled 12 grabs for 77 yards, an average of 25.7 yards per game..
- Joey Petersen has 1.0 sack to pace the team, and also has .
- O’Rien Vance is the team’s tackle leader this year. He’s amassed nine tackles, 1.0 TFL, and one sack.
- Colby Reeder has picked off a team-leading two passes. He also has five tackles, 1.0 TFL, and two passes defended to his name.
Baylor Betting Insights
- Baylor has covered the spread twice in three opportunities this year.
- Baylor has not yet covered the spread as underdogs of 2.5 points or more this year (0-1).
- In Baylor’s three games with a set total, one has hit the over (33.3%).
Baylor Stats & Insights
- In terms of total offense, Baylor ranks 45th in the FBS (454.3 total yards per game) and 26th on the other side of the ball (290.3 total yards allowed per game).
- Things have been going well for Baylor on both sides of the ball, as it is posting 43.7 points per game (16th-best) and ceding only 14.3 points per game (24th-best).
- Baylor ranks 92nd in the FBS with 219.7 passing yards per game on offense, and it ranks 59th with 206.3 passing yards surrendered per contest on defense.
- Things have been going well for Baylor on both sides of the ball, as it is putting up 234.7 rushing yards per game (16th-best) and allowing only 84.0 rushing yards per game (23rd-best).
- Baylor’s defense has been excelling on third down, allowing a 26.7% third-down conversion rate (23rd-best). Offensively, it ranks 27th in the FBS with a 50.0% third-down rate.
- Baylor has produced two forced turnovers (110th in the FBS) and committed three turnovers (33rd in the FBS) this season for a -1 turnover margin that ranks 100th in the FBS.
Baylor’s Best Players
- Blake Shapen has compiled 535 yards (178.3 yards per game) while completing 67.6% of his passes and collecting four touchdown passes with one interception this season. He’s also run for 31 yards with two touchdowns.
- Richard Reese has rushed for 237 yards on 34 carries so far this year while scoring five times on the ground.
- Craig Williams has been given 28 carries and totaled 137 yards with two touchdowns.
- Hal Presley’s 93 receiving yards (31.0 yards per game) are best on his team. He has seven catches on 12 targets with one touchdown.
- Monaray Baldwin has four receptions (on five targets) for a total of 84 yards (28.0 yards per game) and one touchdown this year.
- Seth Jones’ six grabs (on 14 targets) have netted him 69 yards (23.0 ypg).
- Matt Jones paces the team with 1.5 sacks, and also has 1.0 TFL and four tackles.
- AJ McCarty is the team’s leading tackler this year. He’s racked up five tackles.
- Kaian Roberts-Day has picked off a team-leading zero passes. He also has five tackles to his name.