Losing a big-time game to the Baylor Bears last Thursday night, the Oklahoma Sooners looked like a weak team on national TV. However, they aren’t 7-2 for a reason, but Big 12 title hopes are dashed thanks for the Sooners after two losses against the top two teams in the conference.
The Iowa State Cyclones are having the epitome of a bad season. While some teams might consider a poor season as one in which a bowl game is missed by one or two games, the Cyclones are having a season that they would soon like to forget, beginning 1-8 with an unfavorable schedule remaining.
Oklahoma has relied heavily on Blake Bell to lead the offense after freshman quarterback Trevor Knight went down with an injury in the beginning of the year with very little production to show for his playing time. Bell has passed for 1,498 yards and 11 touchdowns as his production has tailed off since his second start of the year — passing for over 200 yards just once since that start. Jalen Saunders continues to be a top threat to defenses at the wide out position, catching 41 passes for 505 yards and five scores. The run offense ranks 21st in the nation as Brennan Clay leads the way with 557 yards and three touchdowns on the year.
Iowa State is now led by freshman quarterback Grant Rohach after sophomore Sam B. Richardson was the model of inconsistency through the first five or six games of the season. Rohach hasn’t been very impressive, either, passing for 405 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in four games — his 49.5 percent completion rate isn’t so solid, either. Quenton Bundrage doesn’t care who throws him the ball, because he will just keep scoring touchdowns at the wide out position. Bundrage has 32 catches for 454 yards and six touchdowns on the season as the only solid weapon on offense.
Defensively, Oklahoma ranks 26th in the nation in points allowed as well as 11th in yards allowed per game with just about 330 yards per game. Iowa State, on the other hand, ranks 115th in the nation in points allowed and 103rd in yards allowed per game. These two teams are complete opposites.
Iowa State will travel to Oklahoma to take on the Sooners at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 16. The game will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1.
PREDICTION: Iowa State 13, Oklahoma 38