Iowa State (3-3) at Oklahoma (3-2)
12:30 PM EST Saturday October 14th Why to Watch: Each team is coming off a tough division loss that crippled Iowa State's Big 12 title hopes and severely crimped Oklahoma's. The Cyclones got whacked 28-14 at home against Nebraska and still has nasty games against Texas Tech and Missouri to deal with, while the Sooners lost 28-10 to Texas and still has to go to Missouri and Texas A&M and hosts Texas Tech. It might seem like OU has lost its swagger and is on the road to being an also-ran for a second straight season, it's still not out of Big 12 championship hunt with Texas still having to play tough road games at Texas Tech and Nebraska. Iowa State could desperately use an impressive win to get its program back on track and take a big step forward under Dan McCarney. While it seems like the Cyclones have had some strong wins over the years, beating OU would be the best one since a 36-31 victory over Iowa in early 2002. Why Iowa State Might Win: Bret Meyer. Iowa State is hopelessly outmatched on both sides of the ball, but the Cyclone junior quarterback is the one X factor who could control the game by himself with the ability to come up with a special performance. Oregon's Dennis Dixon isn't the runner Meyer is, but he's a similar player with his ability to get hot for stretches and to push the ball deep. If he could throw for 341 yards and two scores, and run for 34 yards and a touchdown, on the Sooner D, Meyer can do a little of the same. the Sooner secondary will give up a few big plays. Why Oklahoma Might Win: The Sooners haven't lost back-to-back regular season games since early 1999 and have been tremendous under Bob Stoops of following up losses with blowout wins. Iowa State might be 3-3, but it's as shaky a 3-3 as it gets needing last second heroics to beat Toledo, UNLV and Northern Iowa. In other words, this isn't exactly a juggernaut Cyclone team. The offensive line isn't nearly strong enough to push around a struggling OU defensive line that shouldn't have problems getting into the backfield (finally), while the OU offense should be able to rumble at will. Nebraska ran for 251 yards last week; Adrian Peterson should crank out a 200-yard day. Who to Watch: Where are the Oklahoma defensive stars? DE Calvin Thibodeaux and C.J. Ah You have yet to register a sack, and All-America linebacker Rufus Alexander has hardly been dominant with just five tackles against Texas and just one sack on the season. Easily one of the biggest disappointments of the season, the Sooner defense has to use this game and next week's home date against Colorado to start making more big plays, forcing more turnovers, and being more disruptive or else the final stretch could get ugly. What Will Happen: Oklahoma will crank out 500 yards of total offense and blow out an Iowa State that's not close to playing up to its potential. CFN Prediction: Oklahoma 34 ... Iowa State 17 ... Line: Oklahoma -19 Must See Rating: (5 skip the birth of your first born - 1 The Class) ... 3
Last week, Kevin Cosgrove brought in two new redshirt freshmen (Thenarse was one) and finally used the nickel package so the older safeties ciould blittz like crazy. Just our luck that they saved them for us. Expect more of same against KSU since front four of Nebraska is having problems this year.
CFH HMagic bball season.
Let my fred's Four Horsemen ride.
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