The Oklahoma Sooners will host the Iowa State Cyclones in a BIG 12 showdown Saturday night from Memorial Stadium. The Iowa State Cyclones can earn bowl eligibility with a win in this tough matchup. The Cyclones have won three out of their last four games overall. They were charged with their first conference loss of the season in a 34-27 home defeat to Oklahoma State in their previous action. The Cyclones hold a 2-1 road record with the lone loss coming against Baylor.
The Oklahoma Sooners will not go undefeated this season. The Sooners were handed their first defeat of the season in a 48-41 upset road loss to Kansas State in their previous clash. Oklahoma now stands at 4-1 in BIG 12 play, placing them in second place behind undefeated Baylor who they play next week. Despite not playing last weekend, the Sooners climbed one spot to #9th in the country in this week’s AP Top 25 Rankings. Oklahoma is a perfect 4-0 on their home field.
Iowa State Returns from Bye on Losing Note
The Iowa State Cyclones are seeking their third straight road win. They defeated WVU and Texas Tech in their latest two road battles. The Cyclones are eager to return to action after a disappointing 37-24 home loss to Oklahoma State in their previous action in a game that had Iowa State labeled as 11.5 point favorites. Brock Purdy has his work cut out for him against a good Sooners defense. The sophomore quarterback tossed three picks against OK State, but overall he is having a solid year, accumulating 2567 passing yards with a 15:7 TD to INT ratio.
Iowa State is starting to receiving more significant production from Breece Hall. The freshman running back is locked in, recording nearly 400 rushing yards in his last three games, and his season total is now at 475 rushing yards.
The Cyclones feature three receivers with over 480 receiving yards. Deshaunte Jones has made 25 catches over his last three games, and he is up to 586 receiving yards on the year. The Iowa State offense has displayed the ability to solve very good defensive units.
The Iowa State defense has been sharp throughout most of BIG 12 play but took a step back against Oklahoma State in their latest game. Their pass defense will need to be at their best against Jalen Hurts, however, it won’t be easy considering they are 67th in the FBS against the pass. The Cyclones stand in fourth place in the BIG 12 standings, and they are averaging 35.9 points, placing them 26th overall. They are holding opponents to 22.9 points, positioning them 40th in the FBS.
#9 Oklahoma Attempts to Rebound from 1st Loss of Season
The #9 Oklahoma Sooners are dealing with adversity for the first time this season. Oklahoma’s hunt for a perfect record came to an end after falling 48-41 on the road to Kansas State in their latest action. The Sooners were favored by 21.5 points in the upset road loss. Jalen Hurts continues to dazzle, accumulating over 700 passing yards in his last two games. The senior QB is a Heisman candidate. Hurts has racked up 2469 passing yards with a dazzling 21:3 TD to INT ratio, and he has added a remarkable 801 yards on the ground.
The Sooners feature three running backs with over 300 rushing yards led by Kennedy Brooks with 383. They will be matched up against a stellar Cyclones rush defense. Look out for CeeDee Lamb in this one. The junior WR has great chemistry with Hurts, collecting 816 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. Lamb should play a big factor in this game against a subpar pass defense. The Sooners feature the best offense in the country and they have scored at least 40 points in all but one game.
The Oklahoma defense doesn’t get the same recognition as the offense. While they struggled in their latest action, the Sooners are quietly a strong defensive team that ranks 38th against the pass and 45th against the run. The Sooners lead the FBS with an average of a sizzling 49.2 points per game. They are conceding an average of 23 points, placing them 41st overall.
The Iowa State Cyclones are:
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games at Oklahoma.
- 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games on grass.
The top supporting trends for this game found on covers.com are as follows: The Oklahoma Sooners are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a winning road record.
- 27-12 ATS in their last 39 games following a straight-up loss.