Oklahoma vs. Iowa State Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Oklahoma vs. Iowa State fearless prediction and game preview.
Oklahoma (4-0) vs. Iowa State (2-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 7th
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
Last week at home against Texas was when Iowa State could’ve and should’ve made a national statement, and didn’t. Win in Oklahoma, though, and Matt Campbell’s team will be the talk of college football.
Good luck with that.
The last time the Sooners lost to the Cyclones was in a Big 8 showdown back in 1990. It’s been 18 in a row since then. Since 1961, Iowa State has managed that one win and one tie against OU, and now it gets a rested Sooner team.
Oklahoma has been forgotten about in the discussion of great teams, partly because of the out-of-sight-out-of-mind theory, but also because it struggled so much with a miserable Baylor team before getting two weeks off.
Whacking around Iowa State wouldn’t get anyone buzzing, but the Sooners belong in the Alabama-Clemson-Georgia stratosphere. Now it’s time to show it.
One Reason Why Iowa State Will Win
It wasn’t on display against Texas, but the firepower is there to keep up the pace.
QB Jacob Park had a weird day, and his receivers weren’t able to go off, but Iowa State averages close to 300 yards per game through the air, it has a star at running back in David Montgomery, and it has the luxury of no pressure.
Last week at home against Texas on a national stage? Pressure. This week against Oklahoma on the road? With Park out due to personal medical reasons and Kyle Kempt getting his shot? Let it rip.
With this offense, and with a huge special teams advantage – OU’s punting game and coverage teams have been spotty – there’s enough there for Sooner fans to worry.
One Reason Why Oklahoma Will Win
The rest might do the team a big solid.
It was as if the defense was starting to slip just enough after the good start that it needed a little bit of a reboot.
After being so brilliant over the first three games, the secondary had too many meltdowns against Baylor, allowing 463 yards and four scores – the first touchdown passes given up all year.
And then there’s the truly forgotten part of the national puzzle – Baker Mayfield.
The Saquon Barkley Heisman love might be off the charts, but remember, Mayfield has completed 75% of his passes for 1,329 yards and 13 touchdowns with no picks. Barkley’s big game was against Iowa. Mayfield’s was against Iowa State.
Against the Cyclones last year in a 34-24 win, Mayfield threw for 328 yards and four scores. In 2015, 342 yards and two touchdowns.
The OU offensive machine will crank it back up.
What’s Going To Happen
Iowa State will be heard from.
It won’t be a total wipeout, mainly because Iowa State might just be the second-best team Oklahoma has faced so far, but it’ll be a bit of a firefight at times, even without Park.
But with the time off, the Oklahoma offense will come out hot. The machine will start to roll again as Mayfield throws for 375 yards in a solid, convincing win.
Oklahoma vs. Iowa State Prediction
Oklahoma 41, Iowa State 20
Oklahoma -28, o/u: 68.5
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