The weirdest line of the Week 8 college football slate is the Oklahoma State-Iowa State sport betting odds.
It feels like, thanks to all of the excitement about the Caleb Williams era in Norman, that people are kind of overlooking the fact that Oklahoma State is sitting pretty at 6-0 on the season, having risen all the way up to No. 8 in the AP poll thanks to a come-from-behind win to beat Texas last weekend. I know the decision makers in Stillwater are aware, Mike Gundy just got a brand-new, permanently-five year contract from them.
Iowa State, on the other hand, opened the season at No. 8 in the country before a 2-2 start torpedoed what could have been a special year. The Cyclones have turned things around the last two weeks, however, and now they enter this weekend as a touchdown favorite at home against the Cowboys.
Should they be though?
Longtime college sports writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 and The Field of 12 Network is here to break down the tantalizing matchup and provide the Virginia Tech-Pittsburgh betting odds for Week 7 of the college football season.
Until then, as a NCAA fan, you can check NFL betting odds and get ready to place a bet at BetRivers.
WEEK 8 BETTING ODDS: WEEKEND GUIDE
OKLAHOMA STATE-IOWA STATE BETTING ODDS:
OKLAHOMA STATE (6-0) at IOWA STATE (4-2)
GAME: 3:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
MONEYLINE: Iowa State (-275), Oklahoma State (+215)
SPREAD: Iowa State (-7)
OKLAHOMA STATE-IOWA STATE PREDICTION:
The answer, at least in one man’s opinion, is absolutely not.
Look, I think that the Pokes have a record that is somewhat inflated. That win over Texas, as impressive as it was to hold them without a first down for the final 20 minutes of the game, had as much to do with the Longhorns unmatched ability to shoot themselves in the foot as it did with Oklahoma State. To be a choke artist, you still have to make the plays needed to win, but I’m sorry if I’ll take those wins with a grain of salt.
That said, we also need to be crystal clear about why Iowa State had “turned things around.”
It’s because they beat Kansas and Kansas State.
A win over the worst program in FBS football and a win over a Kansas State program that hasn’t finished the season ranked since 2014. Bad teams would be favored to win both of those games.
The way that I view it is this: Oklahoma State won at Texas because of the plays that their defense made. And while Iowa State has a pair of stars in Brock Purdy and Breece Hall, I think that you can make a decent case that Spencer Sanders and Jaylen Warren are as good, if not better, than that duo.
Now, I’m not saying that Oklahoma State should be favored in this matchup. Homefield matters. But to give the Pokes a touchdown in this spot is not right.
Get on that Oklahoma State Fighting Mullets line as soon as you can.