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PlayStation Fiesta Bowl 2021 – #25 Oregon Ducks vs #10 Iowa State Cyclones

Can Ducks Penetrate ISU Defense?

Oregon vs Iowa State Pick 2021Our Oregon vs Iowa State pick 2021 for the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl is the third of four bowl games being played on the second day of the new year. The final game of the 2020-2021 bowl season features the #5 Texas A&M Aggies vs #13 North Carolina Tar Heels in the Capital One Bowl 2021. That contest kicks off at 8 pm ET. The final game of the NCAA football season will feature the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes for the National Championship. That game will be played on Monday, January 11.

The #25 Oregon Ducks ended the season third in the Pac-12 – North with a 3-2 conference record. Also, they posted a 4-2 overall mark. In their final three games of the season, Oregon went 1-2. However, they did end on a high note, beating #13 USC 31-24. The #10 Iowa State Cyclones, who finished first in the Big 12 with an 8-1 record, were 8-3 overall. In their final five games, they were 4-1. Unfortunately, the Cyclones lost their final game of the season. #10 Oklahoma beat Iowa State 27-21.

The Cyclones are the favorite at -4.5 (-109), while the Ducks are the underdog at +5.0 (-105). Additionally, in totals betting, the best over for this game is 58.0 (-109), and the best under is 58.5 (-110).

The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl will be played on Saturday, January 2, 2021. The kickoff will be at 4:00 pm ET with the game being played at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ. The weather is predicted to be partly cloudy with a game-time temperature of 61-degrees. Probability of precipitation is 0% and winds will be 2 MPH from the SSW.

Oregon vs Iowa State Pick 2021 – Statistics

Our Oregon vs Iowa State pick 2021 finds that these two teams are fairly well-matched. However, the Cyclones bring a stingier defense to this contest. ISU allowed opponents 21.8 PPG. Unfortunately, for Oregon, they gave up 27.3 PPG. The Cyclones allowed opponents a total of 343.0 YPG. On the other hand, the Duck D gave up 409.5 YPG. On offense, the two teams were very close in terms of points scored. Oregon averaged 33.7 PPG. The Cyclones were good for 32.8 PPG. Both teams are averaging 249 YPG in passing. Also, their rushing games are very close in terms of yards, as Oregon is averaging 180.2 PPG and Iowa State 192.0.

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – Offense and Defense

The Ducks have a fine offense, but the Cyclones should be able to match them, and, at some point, excel past them. Plus, the ISU defense features some truly premium players. They will harass the Oregon offense.

Ducks and Cyclones – Offenses

For the Ducks, QB Tyler Shough completed a healthy 62.7% of his passes. He tossed 13 TD passes and five INTs. Shough was sacked 10 times. RB Travis Dye is a true double-threat. He comes to this game with 391 rushing yards on 56 carries and 221 receiving yards and eight catches. Consequently, Dye has one rushing score and four receiving scores. Five other players have at least one TD catch. Subsequently, the total number of TD catches for this team are 15.

QB Brock Purdy runs the Oregon offense. Purdy, who’s completed 66.4% of his passes, has thrown 18 TD passes and nine picks. He’s been sacked 12 times. WR Xavier Hutchinson (60 REC, 726 YDs, 4 TDs) and TE Charlie Kolarare (39REC, 538 YDs, 6 TDs) are his two top receivers. RB Breece Hall is this team’s major offensive weapon. Subsequently, Hall, who’s rushed for 1,436 yards, is averaging 5.9 YPA. He’s scored 19 rushing TDs. Additionally, Hall has made two scoring catches.

Oregon vs Iowa State Pick 2021 – Defenses

The Oregon defense has recorded 11 sacks, five INTs, and 27 PD. They’ve forced four fumbles recovering two and scored one TD on a pick six. LB Isaac Slade-Matautia leads the team with 38 total tackles. Also, he’s defended five passes. DE Kayvon Thibodeaux has three quarterback bringdowns. Safety Jamal Hill has two INTs and four PD.

This ISU defense is exceptional. They’ve recorded 28 sacks, eight picks, and 35 PD. They have posted two pick sixes and forced seven fumbles while recovering five. DE Will McDonald IV has recorded 9.5 sacks. Additionally, LB Mike Rose, a true premium player, leads the Cyclones with 51 tackles, 90 total tackles, and four interceptions.

Oregon vs Iowa State Pick 2021 – Final Word

Our Oregon vs Iowa State pick 2021 finds that these two teams are overall fairly equal on offense. However, the Cyclones rush attack will be tough to stop. Consequently, dynamic running back Breece Hall should do well in this game. Plus, ISU also has a very discerning defense. As a result, we expect them to hamper the Oregon Duck offense. Finally, we’re taking the over at 58.8. Check out our TaxSlayer Gator Bowl pick as well as our Outback Bowl prediction.

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl 2021 – Summary

Point Spread – Iowa Cyclones at -4.5 (-109)
Totals – Over 58.0 (-109)


Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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