Cheez-It Bowl 2021

Cheez-It Bowl: (19) Clemson vs. Iowa State

They don't call Orlando, "The Ames, Iowa of Florida" for nothin'.

Nicky G
Nicky G

Location: Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)

Time: 5:45 p.m. EST on ESPN

Teams: No. 19 Clemson (9–3) versus Iowa State (7–5)

Line: Iowa State -1.5

Summary

I guess having an elite quarterback actually matters!

Brent Venables is on his way to Oklahoma, QB D.J. Uiagalelei (that just broke my spellcheck) had a disappointing season for Clemson's QB standards, and it's hard to imagine the Tigers will be motivated to end the season with a win after a disappointing 9-3 finish.

Iowa State, on the other hand, will be incredibly motivated. Matt Campbell can get his guys up for any scenario, it doesn't matter if they're playing a Pop Warner team or the Kansas City Chiefs. Brock Purdy has the experience to manage this game and lead Iowa State to a win.

Our Pick

They don't call Orlando "The Ames, Iowa of Florida" for nothin'.

Iowa State is too good to pass up at only -1.5.

Clemson's defense has the talent to keep this game close, but it remains to be seen if they have what it takes on the other side of the ball to compete with a scrappy Iowa State team.

The Score: Iowa State grabs the win, 24-20

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Nicky G

Dad of 3. WVian by birth. ATX for now.