The Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones will meet in the 2023 Cy-Hawk rivalry game on Saturday afternoon. Iowa State has not beat Iowa at home in 12 years, with its last win coming in a triple-overtime thriller in 2011. The Cyclones had lost six consecutive games in the series before notching a 10-7 win in Iowa City last year. Iowa picked up a 24-14 win over Utah State last week, while Iowa State beat Northern Iowa in a 30-9 final.
Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. Iowa is favored by 4 points in the latest Iowa State vs. Iowa odds, while the over/under is set at 36.5 points, per SportsLine consensus. Before entering any Iowa State vs. Iowa picks, you'll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Iowa State vs. Iowa spread: Iowa -4
- Iowa State vs. Iowa over/under: 36.5 points
- Iowa State vs. Iowa money line: Iowa State: +154, Iowa: -185
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Why Iowa State can cover
Iowa State snapped a six-game losing streak in the series with a 10-7 win last year, giving the Cyclones momentum as they look for a rare home win over Iowa. They cruised to a 30-9 win over Northern Iowa in Week 1, easily covering the 7-point spread. Freshman quarterback Rocco Becht completed 10 of 13 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensive back Jeremiah Cooper had a pair of interceptions, including a pick-six, earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors. The Cyclones rushed for 134 yards and one touchdown, averaging 5.0 yards per carry. They have won four of their last five September games, and Iowa is going on the road for the first time this season.
Why Iowa can cover
Iowa struggled offensively last season, but it addressed that issue by adding quarterback Cade McNamara from Michigan in the offseason. He threw for two touchdowns in his debut last week, leading the Hawkeyes to a 24-14 win over Utah State. McNamara made an immediate impact when he threw a 36-yard touchdown to Seth Anderson on the team's second play from scrimmage.
It was the first passing touchdown on the opening series of a season in 25 years under head coach Kirk Ferentz. He is seeking his 200th career win on Saturday, collecting 187 of those victories at Iowa since 1999. The Hawkeyes have covered the spread in five of their last six road games and are 11-1 in their last 12 September games. See which team to pick here.
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