The Oklahoma State Cowboys have begun the season with a 5-1 mark and a considerable drop in the rankings after a tough loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers a few weeks ago. Entering into the tough half of the conference schedule in the next couple of weeks, the Cowboys will have to avoid a trap game or unfortunate upset prior to games against ranked conference opponents.
On the other side of the field, the Iowa State Cyclones are coming off an embarrassing 71-7 loss at the hands of the Baylor Bears and a regular season record of 1-5 so far. While it looks like this team will most likely not be heading to a bowl in December or January, the Cyclones could use a confidence-building win against the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State is led by quarterback J.W. Walsh who has built this team into a solid passing offense — ranking 21st in the nation in that category. Walsh is just a sophomore and had won the job in the offseason over Clint Chelf who started the last six games of 2012 and played pretty well. The sophomore has 1,324 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with five interceptions. Josh Stewart continues to be one of the best wide outs in the nation, catching 31 passes for 473 yards and two scores. The Cowboys don’t have much of a run game.
Iowa State has struggled all season long to put points on the board. In fact, the Cyclones rank 86th nationally in points per game. Sam B. Richardson leads the offense at quarterback, passing for 1,255 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with five interceptions. The sophomore quarterback’s favorite target has been Quenton Bundrage who has caught 25 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns in six games this season. Like the Cowboys, though, the Cyclones have a very poor run game, averaging just 131 yards per game.
Defensively, Iowa State is even worse. The Cyclones allow the 14th-most points per game in the nation with 36.7 and the 12th-most yards per game with 499 per contest. Oklahoma State is almost a complete opposite in points allowed per game, ranking 14th in the nation. When it comes to yards allowed per game, the Cowboys rank 42nd nationally with 372 per contest.
Oklahoma State will travel to Iowa State to take on the Cyclones at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 26. Check your local listings for the game and broadcast channel.
PREDICTION: Oklahoma State 38, Iowa State 21