When and where: October 26, 2019, Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA, 3:30 PM ET
An unstoppable force will meet an immovable object on Saturday when the Oklahoma State Cowboys’ high-powered offense runs into the Iowa State Cyclones’ ferocious defense. After losing back-to-back games to Texas Tech and Baylor, the Cowboys are desperately looking to get back on track and improve their 1-3 conference record. Meanwhile, the Cyclones have won their last three consecutive games against Texas Tech, West Virginia and TCU.
All offense and no defense remains the formula for Oklahoma StateThere is no better fall treat than kicking back on a sofa with a soda in one hand and a big bowl of buttery popcorn in the other, joyously basking in the eye-candy of the Oklahoma State offense. It’s about as wild and wacky as a neighborhood flag football game in a vacant lot. Coach Mike Gundy has found the most exciting formula, but he hasn’t found the winning one.
Baylor stomping on Oklahoma State’s defense by heaping 45 points on the scoreboard wasn’t even surprising considering Texas Tech scored the same number of points two weeks prior to that game. In a conference with a slew of bad defenses, Oklahoma State ranks as the fourth-worst with a total yard allowance of 432.3 per game. Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy should be preparing for an air raid against a Cowboys defense clearly incapable of stopping it.
The Cyclones may not be as potent on offense, but they aren’t far behind with an average of 481.1 total yards per game. Points won’t come easy in this meeting for Oklahoma State against an Iowa State defense only allowing 21.3 points per game.
Look at what Baylor and Texas Tech were able to do to them defensively, and neither one of those teams have been as good on that side of the ball as the Cyclones.
Defense is key for the CyclonesThere were plenty of teachable moments for Iowa State to take away from the highlights of Oklahoma State’s run-in with Baylor. Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders was under constant pressure for a second straight game after getting sacked seven times by Texas Tech. Iowa State is tied for the third-most sacks in the Big 12 Conference (18). It’s an aggressive unit that thrives off setting a physical tone early and maintaining it throughout an entire game.
Oklahoma State’s offensive front has given up the second-most sacks in the conference, and there will be nowhere for Sanders to run or hide with the Cyclones’ pass-rushers breathing down his neck. If Iowa State can fluster the Oklahoma State offense, this game will be in the bag.
There isn’t much concern for Purdy throwing against a defensive secondary that has given up 15 touchdowns passes with only one interception this season. Meanwhile, Sanders has already thrown nine interceptions to his 11 touchdown passes.
The shoulder injury to Iowa State defensive back Greg Eisworth, the fourth-leading tackler on the team, is something to monitor heading into Saturday. He is officially listed as questionable for the game.
- Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
- Cowboys are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 head-to-head meetings in Iowa State.
- Cowboys are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 head-to-head meetings.
- Cyclones are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games in October.
- Cyclones are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games against a team with a winning road record.
- Cyclones are 21-8-2 ATS in their last 31 conference games.
- Cyclones are 16-7 ATS in their last 23 home games.
- Cyclones are 18-8-1 ATS against a team with a winning record.