Clemson vs. Iowa State Cheez-It Bowl Odds, Preview, and Picks

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Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei #5 of the Clemson Tigers. Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images/AFP

With Breece Hall declaring for the NFL Draft, will there be points in the Cheez-It Bowl between Clemson and Iowa State? Keep reading to check the college football odds and start cashing out at the best online sportsbooks. Let’s begin!

Clemson Tigers vs. Iowa State Cyclones

Wednesday, December 29, 2021 – 05:45 PM EST at Camping World Stadium

There was so much talk about how bad Clemson was this year. At the end of the day, the Tigers went 9-3 and finished in the top 20 in a season where they clearly didn’t have a quality quarterback. Now they’re in the Cheez-It Bowl, facing the Iowa State Cyclones. And while it seems like a slap in the face, a 10-3 finish with a bowl win doesn’t sound all that bad.

Maybe this 9-3 record is more impressive than not at this point. Clemson only scored 26.8 points per game but allowed just 15 points per game on the season. The defense literally allowed just 308.4 yards per game while the offense struggled to average more than 362.7 yards per game. Still, to have a defense playing that well against one of the best offensive conferences in football is impressive.

Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei just didn’t bring it this season for the Tigers on the offensive end as the quarterback. He threw for nine touchdowns along with nine interceptions and barely reached 2,000 yards passing. The sophomore showed promise a season ago but just lacked the ability to rally this team together. But I wouldn’t give up on him completely.

The pass protection wasn’t all that great this season either for Clemson. The running game did its thing with freshman Will Shipley, but he only earned 131 carries as a freshman this season.

On the other hand, Iowa State is just as great defensively. The Cyclones allowed 20.6 points per game on 310.1 yards per game. Despite scoring 32.8 points and allowing 20.6 points per game, the Cyclones finished the season 7-5. It was much better of a season than a 7-5 record, but overall, that’s just not good enough for Iowa State now. The standards are higher.

And with the offense, Iowa State rallied for 437.4 yards per game this season. But now they’ll be without star running back Breece Hall who has declared for the draft and will not play in the Cheez-It Bowl. Hall rushed for 1472 yards on 253 carries with 20 touchdowns. So yeah, that’s a big loss for an Iowa State team that rushed for over 165 yards per game this season.

Prediction

I absolutely believe this will be a defensive battle. The total is going to continue to dip leading up to this game, especially with the news that Breece Hall is out and will not be playing in this game. Both teams allowed just over 300 yards per game and neither team gave up an average of three touchdowns per game.

It’s going to be hard for either offense to get in a groove against these fantastic defenses. So I’d take the under for my college football pick, even at that 44 number. It’s low, but I’d be surprised if both teams score three touchdowns in this one.

NCAAF Pick: Under 44 (-108) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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