Through 1 Quarter

The West Virginia Mountaineers typically have all the answers at home, but the Iowa State Cyclones are posing a tough problem. Iowa State has emerged as the frontrunner after one quarter and is ahead of the Mountaineers 7 to nothing. RB Breece Hall has led the way so far for the Cyclones, as he has rushed for one TD and 34 yards on seven carries.

Both Iowa State and West Virginia padded the win column in their previous outings. It's looking like Iowa State will be able to keep the momentum, but West Virginia still has three quarters to right the ship.

Who's Playing

West Virginia @ No. 9 Iowa State

Current Records: West Virginia 5-3; Iowa State 7-2

What to Know

The West Virginia Mountaineers should come into this matchup well-rested after a week off from action. West Virginia and the Iowa State Cyclones will face off in a Big 12 battle at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium. Both teams seek to continue their momentum from their previous wins.

The Mountaineers didn't have too much trouble with the TCU Horned Frogs at home three weeks ago as they won 24-6. West Virginia's success was spearheaded by the efforts of WR T.J. Simmons, who caught four passes for two TDs and 90 yards, and RB Leddie Brown, who picked up 156 yards on the ground on 24 carries.

Meanwhile, Iowa State sure made it a nail-biter, but they managed to escape with a 23-20 victory over the Texas Longhorns last Friday. Iowa State can attribute much of their success to QB Brock Purdy, who passed for one TD and 312 yards on 36 attempts, and RB Breece Hall, who punched in one rushing touchdown. Iowa State's win came on a three-yard rush from Hall with only 1:28 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Special teams collected 11 points for the Cyclones. K Connor Assalley delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.

The Mountaineers are expected to lose this next one by 6.5. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread, however, as they are currently on a three-game streak of ATS wins.

West Virginia is now 5-3 while Iowa State sits at 7-2. A couple defensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: West Virginia ranks first in the nation when it comes to passing yards allowed per game, with only 161.5 on average. As for Iowa State, they enter the game with only 108.6 rushing yards allowed per game on average, good for 19th best in the nation.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Jack Trice Stadium -- Ames, Iowa
  • TV: ESPN
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Cyclones are a solid 6.5-point favorite against the Mountaineers, according to the latest college football odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 6.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

West Virginia have won three out of their last five games against Iowa State.

  • Oct 12, 2019 - Iowa State 38 vs. West Virginia 14
  • Oct 13, 2018 - Iowa State 30 vs. West Virginia 14
  • Nov 04, 2017 - West Virginia 20 vs. Iowa State 16
  • Nov 26, 2016 - West Virginia 49 vs. Iowa State 19
  • Nov 28, 2015 - West Virginia 30 vs. Iowa State 6