Big 12 Matchups, Looking Behind, Looking Ahead: Iowa State
Looking back and looking ahead at WVU’s matchups around the Big 12.
Breaking into the last four weeks of the football season, West Virginia hosts the Iowa State Cyclones at home to start November.
Last fall, the Mountaineers traveled to Ames to take on the Cyclones, where they left with a 49-19 victory. The Cyclones come to Morgantown during a year where they are poised for Big 12 mediocrity. The Cyclones have never been one of the conference’s top teams and this season proves to be more of the same.
West Virginia will be coming off of a stretch of tough matchups in their second back-to-back home game. At this point for the Mountaineers, physical strength and stamina will play a key role the team’s success. Focusing on staying healthy in the meat of the season, not taking any opponents lightly and remembering to play all three sides of the ball for all four full quarters will be the key takeaways for a successful Saturday in Morgantown.
Iowas State will have a few key players that will attempt to bring their team higher up the conference rankings as the season plays out. Safety Reggie Wilkerson is one to watch for the Cyclones, transferring after three seasons at Georgia. Receiver Allan Lazard will be another one to watch for the Cyclones, as he could be a big asset against the Mountaineer defense.
If West Virginia can overcome the Cyclones at home, the Mountaineers will be staring down the barrel of three of the Big 12’s projected top tier teams to round out the season; Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma.
Tell us, is the Iowa State game a sleeper home game that could put the Mountaineers on upset alert?