2021 Cheez-It Bowl Betting: Clemson vs Iowa State Odds

2021 Cheez-It Bowl Betting: Clemson vs Iowa State Odds

On Wednesday, a couple of preseason Top 10 squads clash in the annual Cheez-It Bowl.  Clemson is a slight -1 ½ chalk over Big 12 team Iowa State. At the beginning of the season, the Tigers were ranked second in the country. 2021 wasn’t kind to Clemson, though, which is why Dabo Swinney’s bunch plays in a second-tier bowl instead of on New Year’s Day. Will Clemson make amends? How will Iowa State with one of their top players sitting out, running back Breece Hall, perform? See below for College Football Bowl odds, analysis, and a free pick for this year’s Cheez-It Bowl. 

NCAAF Betting Analysis for Clemson Tigers Vs Iowa State Cyclones

Cheez-It Bowl Odds | Clemson Tigers vs Iowa State Cyclones

Why bet on Clemson versus Iowa State?

The Tigers started the season poorly, but since a loss to Pitt on Oct. 23, Clemson has rolled. Swinney’s team heads into their bowl matchup against the Cyclones on a 5-game winning streak. Clemson went 4-1 ATS during the streak, only failing to cover in a 44-7 win versus UConn as a -41 favorite. The Tigers are ready to end their season on a winning note. 

Clemson Tigers Offensive Averages

  • Total Yards: 364.4
  • Passing Yards: 191.5
  • Rushing Yards: 172.9
  • Points Scored: 26.8
  • Takeaways: 8

Clemson Tigers Defensive Averages

  • Total Yards: 310.3
  • Passing Yards: 209.3
  • Rushing Yards: 101.0
  • Points Scored: 15.0
  • Takeaways: 10

Why bet on Iowa State versus Clemson?

Iowa State has had a tough season, and Hall won’t play, but the Cyclones remain talented. Quarterback Brock Purdy completes over 73%, wide receiver Xavier Hutchison caught 82 passes, and the Iowa State defense is good enough to get to Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei. Not only that, but the Cyclones won their last game of the season and only Hall should miss the bowl try.

Iowa State Cyclones Offensive Averages

  • Total Yards: 437.4
  • Passing Yards: 268.8
  • Rushing Yards: 168.6
  • Points Scored: 32.8
  • Turnovers: 5

Iowa State Cyclones Defensive Averages

  • Total Yards: 310.3
  • Passing Yards: 188.3
  • Rushing Yards: 122.1
  • Points Scored: 20.6
  • Takeaways: 10

Relevant Trends for Clemson Tigers versus Iowa State Cyclones

  • Tigers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on field turf
  • Clemson is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 bowl games as a favorite
  • Under is 3-0-1 in the Tigers’ last 4 games
  • Cyclones are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 neutral stie games
  • Iowa State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog
  • Under is 8-0-1 in the Cyclones last 8 bowl games 

Cheez-It Bowl Final Betting Prediction

Many Iowa State fans thought this was their season. But a tough schedule prevented Iowa State from playing in the Big 12 Championship. The 7-5 Cyclones, though, remain a loaded bunch.

Quarterback Brock Purdy, who was a Heisman Trophy contender to start the season, should have some success against Clemson’s defense.

When Iowa State is on defense, Uiagalelei could be in some trouble. Cyclone defensive end Will McDonald IV produced 11 ½ sacks and 5 forced fumbles this season.

It’s been tough sledding for Iowa State. But the Cyclones ended the regular season with their best performance in 2021, a 48-14 win against TCU. Expect Iowa State to be all out to win this. The Cyclones take the game straight up. 

Cheez-It Bowl Pick:  Iowa State Cyclones 


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