Why Iowa State Will Win The Camping World Bowl
– Dink … dunk … dink … dunk … that’s what Washington State does. It’s death by 1,000 cuts at times, but for all of the yards and all of the fun, it’s not a deep-shot taking fun show like many of the Big 12 passing games are. This offense fits right into the Iowa State defensive style. Fine, go ahead and connect on the short-to-midrange throws. Iowa State will come up with tackles and limit the big plays.
– And here comes the pass rush. Washington State is brilliant at keeping the passing game moving and getting the ball out of Gardner Minshew’s hands in a hurry, but generating a little bit of pressure is a must. The Cyclones don’t come up with a ton of sacks, but they’re able to get in the backfield just enough to be a problem. Minshew won’t be able to get comfortable.
– Iowa State is as good a team in the red zone – on both sides of the ball – as any in the country. The offense doesn’t whiff when it gets its chances, scoring on 37-of-41 tries inside of the 20, and with two of those misses coming in the win over Texas Tech. On the other side. the Cyclones are tough at holding on after good drives.
There were issues over the last two games – Kansas State and Drake scored touchdowns instead of field goals on eight of their ten trips – but in general, the D is amazing, giving up red zone points just 74% of the time. Wazzu is okay, not flawless inside the 20, converting 52-of-60 times.