Oklahoma vs. Iowa State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA
Oklahoma (2-0) vs. Iowa State (0-1) Game Preview
One Reason Why Iowa State Will Win
Just how much will the loss of star RB Rodney Anderson mean to the Oklahoma offense?
Kyler Murray is still in place, and there are still plenty of weapons to work behind the great offensive line, but Anderson was special. The Cyclones are only one game in, but the run defense was swarming and aggressive in the loss to Iowa – they’ll provide the best test yet for the Sooner O.
For all of the good things OU has done so far, the D only has one takeaway. Iowa State has to win the turnover margin to pull this off.
One Reason Why Oklahoma Will Win
Does the Kyle Kempt injury matter to the Cyclone offense?
The star of last year’s shocker against the Sooner was knocked out of the Iowa game, and while his knee isn’t as bad as the team thought, he’s not going to be 100%. It might be up to backup Zeb Noland to give it a shot – he connected on 4-of-10 passes against Iowa.
The Iowa State offense only managed 11 first downs last week agains the Hawkeyes and came up with 188 yards of total offense. Oklahoma – even without Anderson – might get that in the first quarter if everything goes well.
Kyler Murray is humming. He has one pick, but he’s been efficient, he’s been effective, and he hasn’t even turned his running skills loose.
What’s Going To Happen
Iowa State’s offense isn’t going to function well enough against a jacked up Sooner D.
The Oklahoma offense was okay in last year’s 38-31 loss, and now the defense will do its part to swarm all over David Montgomery and the Cyclone ground game. The ISU quarterbacks won’t be able to pick up the slack.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Oklahoma 40, Iowa State 17
Line: Oklahoma -17.5, o/u: 57.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
Must See Rating: 3
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