2021 Cheez-It Bowl Prediction: Clemson vs Iowa State Picks
After a very busy day of college football bowl games, the action keeps going on Wednesday. The 2021 Cheez-It Bowl has two quality teams facing off. The Clemson Tigers and the Iowa State Cyclones did not make the playoffs, but they are very good football teams. Before making a 2021 Cheez-It Bowl prediction, you have to consider everything, even COVID.
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Clemson Coaching Changes and COVID
Like many teams in the country, the Tigers are dealing with COVID and they are down three players heading into this bowl game. Clemson will be without starting wide receiver EJ Williams who will be in COVID protocol. Clemson will also be breaking in two new coordinators on offense and defense. Both “new” coordinators have experience, but changes before bowl games are never a good thing.
Odds and Trends
The odds indicate that this will be a close game as the Tigers are small -1 point favorites. Over 80 percent of the public is backing Clemson to win this game and the name alone always draws public money. It helps that Tiger’s coach Dabo Swinney is 11-6 against the spread (ATS) in bowl games. Clemson is looking for their 11th consecutive 10-win season, but it won’t be easy.
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Iowa State brings in senior experience at the quarterback position. Brock Purdy has completed over 72 percent of his passes and as the most wins in school history. Breece Hall will not play after declaring for the NFL draft, but Iowa State has depth on offense. This is a fifth straight bowl game for the Cyclones and will not be intimidated playing Clemson.
Clemson vs Iowa State Picks
You have to wonder about the motivation for the Tigers in this game. This is a big step-down from playing in the playoffs for a National Championship. Clemson is 3-7 ATS in the last 10 bowl games as favorites and 1-6 ATS in the last seven games against non-conference opponents. Iowa State will want to win this game for Purdy and they come ready to play.