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Oklahoma at Iowa State prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins the game between the Sooners and Cyclones.


Oklahoma at Iowa State Game Preview

When: Thursday, November 3 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA
Broadcast: ESPN

It didn’t seen feasible after Ohio State outclassed Oklahoma in Norman more than a month ago. But the Sooners are the team to beat in the Big 12 after reeling off five consecutive wins. Not only is Bob Stoops’ team undefeated in conference play, but it also sits all alone atop the league now that West Virginia and Baylor fell on the same afternoon. Iowa State resides on the opposite spectrum, winless in the league and officially eliminated from bowl contention after Saturday’s loss to Kansas State. This Thursday affords a chance for the Cyclones to shock the world and continue building toward a stronger future under Matt Campbell.

What To Know About Oklahoma

Diverse and explosive offenses will give problems to the Sooner D, especially the defensive backfield. Fortunately, Iowa State hasn’t been especially diverse or explosive this season. And if the Cyclones do catch fire, Oklahoma showed in October that it can flourish in shootouts. OU has already won games in which it surrendered 40, 46 and 59 points, thanks to the blend of Joe Mixon’s running and the passing of Baker Mayfield to Dede Westbrook. The Sooners are No. 3 nationally in yards per play, and the O-line has improved dramatically during the streak.

What to Know About Iowa State

It may be 2016, but this month is really about building a foundation for 2017. Campbell’s progress won’t be measured so much by wins and losses this year. A losing season was somewhat baked into the equation before Week 1. Still, the Cyclones have competed with the likes of Baylor, Oklahoma State and Kansas State, losing those games by no more than a touchdown. Against the Wildcats this past Saturday, Iowa State showed a lot of fight by scoring the final 16 points. But poor line play, on both sides of the ball, continues to hold back the program.

Advantages

Offense: Oklahoma. You know an offense is deep and diverse when it loses a back the caliber of Samaje Perine, yet doesn’t skip a beat.

Defense: Oklahoma. Yeah, the Sooners are flawed, but they’re also far more likely to harass the quarterback and stuff opposing backs than the Cyclones.

Special Teams: Iowa State. The Cyclones’ strongest unit, led by punter Colin Downing and accurate placekicker Cole Netten.

Coaching: Oklahoma. Campbell is a riser in the industry, but he has a long way to go to match what Bob Stoops has achieved in the Big 12.

Intangibles: Oklahoma. The Sooners are surging, with a renewed sense of what’s possible now that they’re all alone atop the conference.

Matchup To Watch

Mixon vs. the Iowa State run defense

Since Perine was injured a few weeks ago, Mixon has been a force between the tackles, averaging more than eight yards a carry in each of the last two games. Plus, he’s a skilled receiver. He’ll now go against an Iowa State front wall that has only 11 sacks and ranks last in the Big 12 at stopping the run.

Oklahoma at Iowa State Betting Odds

Spread: Oklahoma -20
Over/Under: No line as of post

Oklahoma at Iowa State Prediction

The Cyclones have already shown they can be a nuisance to the better teams in the Big 12. And they will again against Oklahoma for about a quarter. But once the Sooner offense begins rolling downhill against the overmatched Iowa State linemen and linebackers, the game will become out of control. While Oklahoma’s trio of Mayfield, Mixon and Westbrook are clicking, Iowa State’s Joel Lanning, Mike Warren and Allen Lazard will fare poorly in the scramble that’s comeback mode. OU will pull away for its sixth straight win.

Oklahoma at Iowa State Score Prediction: Oklahoma 42, Iowa State 20

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