Cheez-It Bowl Betting Preview: Clemson Tigers vs. Iowa State Cyclones – Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021

by Spooky Express | December 26, 2021 |

The Cheez-It Bowl will take place on Wednesday, December 29th, from the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida with the kickoff scheduled to take place at 5:45 PM ET. BookMaker has set the point spread for this game at Clemson -1.5 and the total for the over/under plays at 44.5 points.

Bowl History and Conference Tie-Ins

This year, the Cheez-It Bowl will be played for the 32nd year. The Cheez-It Bowl features teams with tie-ins to the ACC and Big 12. This year, the Iowa State Cyclones will represent the Big 12 and the Clemson Tigers will be the representative from the ACC.

Previous Matchups

This will be the first time in the history of the two programs that they’ve played each other.

Iowa State Preview

The Iowa State Cyclones enter this game with a record of 7-5 which led to a 4th place finish in the Big 12. The Cyclones played in seven games against bowl-eligible teams and went 2-5 in those contests with wins coming against Kansas State and Oklahoma State while losing to Iowa, Baylor, West Virginia, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma. They finished the regular season going 5-7 ATS which includes going 0-1 ATS as an underdog.

Offensively, Iowa State enters this game averaging 30.31 points per game, which is above the national average of 27.52 points for the rest of college football. They also feature a balanced approach on offense that is averaging 32.5 rushing attempts per game to 31.31 passing attempts per game.

They are above-average in terms of rushing yards per game with 168.58 yards and passing yards per game with 248.15 yards. Breece Hall leads the team in rushing with 1,472 yards and 20 touchdowns while Brock Purdy leads the team in passing with 2,984 yards for 18 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

Defensively, Iowa State ranks 19th in points allowed per game with 19.

Clemson Tigers

The Clemson Tigers enter this game with a record of 9-3 which was good enough to finish in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division of the ACC. The Tigers played in seven games against bowl-eligible teams going 4-3 in those contests with wins coming against Boston College, Louisville, Wake Forest, and South Carolina while losing to Pittsburgh, NC State, and Georgia. They also finished the regular season going 4-8 ATS including going 4-7 ATS as a favorite.

Offensively, the Tigers enter this game averaging 24.77 points per game, which is below the national average of 27.52 for the rest of college football. They lean slightly more on the run than they do the pass as they are averaging 37.33 rushing attempts per game to 29.31 passing attempts per game.

They are a slightly above-average team in terms of rushing yards per game with 171.33 yards. However, they are a below-average team in terms of passing yards per game with 176.77 yards per game. Will Shipley leads the team in rushing with 678 yards and 10 touchdowns while D.J. Uiagalelei leads the team in passing with 2,059 yards for 9 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.

Clemson is the 2nd best scoring defense in college football as they are allowing an average of 13.85 which is only behind Georgia.

Handicapping Preview

This Clemson team certainly isn't one of the past and that sort of puts a little persuasion on the line. Our system has Iowa State winning this game by double digits. No reason to go against the system here! Take the Cyclones plus 1.5.

Cheez-It Bowl Official Play: Iowa State +1.5

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