Inside Predictions: Oklahoma Sooners to host Iowa State Cyclones

This Saturday, November 7th, the Iowa State Cyclones will pack it up and head over to Oklahoma to meet the Sooners at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. With the way Oklahoma has been playing at home, this will surely be a great game to watch. Kickoff is at 7:00 PM EST and ESPNU will have the live broadcast.

Iowa State is 3-5 and 2-3 in the Big 12. They have had stronger teams in the past, but this year, we can just say, they haven’t been quite on track. Perhaps, it had something to do with the problems among the coaching staff. With head coach Paul Rhoads firing offensive coordinator Mark Mangino last week. After Rhoads let Mangino go he said they, “couldn’t get on the same page on a few important items. We tried to talk that through again this morning in an effort to get us moving in a different direction. In the end, Mark was not interested in that. I wish that wasn’t the case, but I respect and understand his conviction.”

The Cyclones now have passing game coordinator Todd Sturdy taking over the play calling for Iowa State. Following the sacking, the Cyclones have made a few changes. Starting quarterback Sam Richardson lost his job too, Joel Lanning will be taking his place at QB. Veteran place-kicker Cole Netten also lost his job, the depth chart showed on Monday. He will be replaced by walk-on Chris Francis. But perhaps the most interesting element is not a change at all, rather, Mangino’s son is staying on the ISU staff as the receivers coach. Apparently there are no hard feelings, Rhoads said “Tommy has grown up in the profession. He understands the business side of it, and Tommy was fantastic in his response. He’s ready to attack the work that we have ahead of us.”

The Sooners are coming from a spectacular win at Kansas. 62-7 was the final score at Kansas Memorial Stadium. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was outstanding, he completed 22 of 27 passes, gained 332 yards in the air, and completed three touchdowns in the first half alone!

The Oklahoma Sooners are 7-1 after a loss to the Texas Longhorns in early October. They are 4-1 in the Big 12 and with head coach Bob Stoops in his 17th year with the team, the Sooners are well on their way to achieving great things this season. With the momentum Stoops side is building, Oklahoma can still very much aspire to win the Big 12 title and even a slot in the playoffs.

The Sooners are on a three game winning streak after defeating Kansas State, Texas Tech and Kansas. Of their four remaining games, two can be considered as truly challenging matchups: They will face the Baylor Bears, followed by the TCU Horned Frogs in mid November.

Oklahoma is currently at -25.5, and no total has been featured yet.

My Prediction: I take the Sooners in this game to win by two touchdowns. I think Iowa State will put up a good fight but Oklahoma is much too dominant this season. They are a real force to be reckoned with. Plus they have so much riding on this game, they simply can’t afford to lose and the coaches will have thoroughly instilled that in the players, and the Sooners will be that much closer to their conference title. For ATS purposes, I’d be taking Ohio State plus the points, seems legit.

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