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Miserable Conditions Expected for Saturday’s Drake-Iowa State Game

Dec 01, 2018 5:00 AM EST
  • On Saturday, Iowa State hosts Drake (12 p.m. ET) in a game that will go under the radar compared to the rest of the slate.
  • The weather will be dreadful, with rain, cold temperatures and high winds all in the forecast.
  • While odds aren't widely available yet, bettors should keep a close eye on this over/under once posted.

On Saturday, Drake (the school, not the rapper or half of “Drake & Josh’) heads to Ames, Iowa to take on Iowa State. This game was supposed to be against Incarnate Word, but due to some scheduling snafus, the Cyclones called up Drake and here we are.

The poor Drake parents taking the trek to Ames will hopefully bring their slickers, galoshes and winter coats because the weather is going to absolutely suck.

Rain is expected to fall all day with temperatures in the mid-30s. At that point, you’d rather just have snow … which may also fall, actually.

Wind will also play a big factor, as it will be blowing between 18 and 25 mph throughout the game.

In fact, the weather page at Sports Insights describes the first hour of the game as “Dangerously windy,” though I’m not sure how 24-mph winds can hurt someone.

Historically, winds of at least 20 mph have led to unders hitting at a 63.7% rate, according to Bet Labs. However, as of 2 p.m. ET Friday, only a handful of books are offering odds for this game.

The over/under is currently sitting at 53.5 with the Cyclones available as 41.5-point favorites. Despite the terrible conditions, the over/under hasn’t moved yet.

Perhaps it’s due to the fact that the line isn’t widely available or perhaps it’s because this game is just under the radar compared to other bigger games on the Saturday slate.

Nobody cares about Drake-Iowa State when Georgia-Alabama is on the board.

I would keep an eye out for the entire market to post odds and will personally be hitting the under quickly as there is the potential for this total to plummet.

Credit:

Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Iowa State Cyclones Head Coach Matt Campbell.

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