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One of the best running backs in college football will be featured when CJ Donaldson and the West Virginia Mountaineers (3-5) visit the Iowa State Cyclones (3-5) on Saturday, November 5, 2022.
The Cyclones are solid favorites (-7) in their game versus the Mountaineers, with the over/under at 50.5 points. (On the moneyline, the Cyclones are -272 and the Mountaineers are +216.)
Game Info and Betting Lines for Iowa State vs. West Virginia
- Game Day: Saturday, November 5, 2022
- Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Ames, Iowa
- Stadium: Jack Trice Stadium
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Iowa State Betting Insights
- West Virginia is 4-4-0 against the spread this season.
- In games they have played as at least 7-point underdogs this season, the Mountaineers are 1-2 against the spread.
- Five of West Virginia’s eight games with a set total have hit the over (62.5%).
Iowa State Stats & Insights
- Iowa State sports the 85th-ranked offense this season (370.1 yards per game), and has been even better on defense, ranking 13th-best with only 295.0 yards allowed per game.
- While Iowa State ranks 25th-worst in the FBS in scoring offense with 21.6 points per game, it’s been a different story on defense, as the defense ranks seventh-best (16.6 points per game allowed).
- Iowa State ranks 36th in passing yards this season (272.9 per game), but has been thriving on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 16th-best in the FBS with 180.1 passing yards allowed per game.
- Iowa State ranks 13th-worst in rushing offense (97.3 rushing yards per game), but has been better on defense, ranking 26th with 114.9 rushing yards allowed per game.
- Iowa State is averaging a 44.5% third-down conversion rate on offense (37th in the FBS), and ranks 29th defensively with a 33.3% third-down conversion rate allowed.
- Iowa State has forced 11 total turnovers (73rd in the FBS) this season and have turned it over 14 times (92nd in the FBS) for -3a turnover margin of -3, 100th-ranked in college football.
Iowa State’s Best Players
- Hunter Dekkers has 2,151 yards passing for Iowa State, completing 67.2% of his passes and collecting 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season.
- Jirehl Brock has carried the ball 91 times for a team-high 420 yards on the ground and has found the end zone two times.
- Deon Silas has piled up 165 yards on 46 attempts, scoring two times.
- Xavier Hutchinson’s team-high 830 yards as a receiver have come on 77 receptions (out of 120 targets) with five touchdowns.
- Jaylin Noel has caught 42 passes for 432 yards (54.0 yards per game) and three touchdowns this year.
- Dimitri Stanley has been the target of 36 passes and hauled in 25 grabs for 313 yards, an average of 39.1 yards per contest. He’s found the end zone one time through the air this season.
- Will McDonald IV paces the team with 3.5 sacks, and also has 4.0 TFL and 23 tackles.
- Anthony Johnson Jr., Iowa State’s top tackler, has 42 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and one interception this year.
- Colby Reeder has a team-leading two interceptions to go along with 20 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1.5 sacks, and two passes defended.
West Virginia Betting Insights
- West Virginia is 4-4-0 against the spread this year.
- West Virginia is 1-2 against the spread when an underdog by 7 points or more this year.
- The teams have hit the over in five of West Virginia’s eight games with a set total.
West Virginia Stats & Insights
- West Virginia ranks 37th with 434.5 total yards per contest on offense, and it ranks 101st with 416.9 total yards surrendered per game on defense.
- West Virginia has not been getting things done on defense, ranking 10th-worst with 34.6 points surrendered per game. It has been better on offense, generating 34.4 points per contest (32nd-ranked).
- West Virginia ranks 46th in passing yards per game (262.5), but it has been worse on the defensive side of the ball, ranking ninth-worst in the FBS with 283.9 passing yards conceded per contest.
- With 172.0 rushing yards per game on offense, West Virginia ranks 48th in the FBS. Defensively it ranks 52nd, giving up 133.0 rushing yards per game.
- West Virginia’s third-down offense has been excelling, putting up a 47.9% third-down conversion rate (24th-best) this season. Defensively, it ranks 100th by surrendering a 42.7% third-down rate.
- At -4, West Virginia owns the 100th-ranked turnover margin in the FBS, with eight forced turnovers (108th in the FBS) and 12 turnovers committed (72nd in the FBS).
West Virginia’s Best Players
- JT Daniels has racked up 1,951 yards (243.9 yards per game) while completing 63.5% of his passes and tossing 12 touchdown passes with seven interceptions this season.
- Donaldson has rushed 87 times for 526 yards, with eight touchdowns.
- Tony Mathis has run for 492 yards across 99 carries, scoring five touchdowns.
- Bryce Ford-Wheaton has racked up 567 receiving yards on 48 catches to pace his team so far this season while scoring five touchdowns as a receiver.
- Sam James has 35 receptions (on 54 targets) for a total of 496 yards (62.0 yards per game) and two touchdowns this year.
- Kaden Prather’s 44 receptions (on 68 targets) have netted him 428 yards (53.5 ypg) and three touchdowns.
- Dante Stills has 2.5 sacks to pace the team, and also has 4.0 TFL and 14 tackles.
- West Virginia’s leading tackler, Lee Kpogba, has 44 tackles, 2.0 TFL, and two sacks this year.
- Malachi Ruffin has a team-leading one interception to go along with one pass defended.