The 4-0 Baylor Bears hit the road for the second time this year to take on the 1-3 Iowa State Cyclones in a Big 12 game. The Cyclones are in their first season under new head coach Matt Campbell, who was very successful in a 4-year stint at Toledo. An 0-3 start had the Cyclones reeling before a big 44-10 victory over San Jose State gave Campbell his first win in Ames.
Now they see their third power-five team in a young season, having already lost to Iowa (42-3) and TCU (41-20). This is the first attempt in Ames though, with a sold-out crowd expected to welcome the Top-15 ranked Bears. Even with that win over San Jose State, it has been a very ugly start to the Matt Campbell era. A loss to an FCS team at home, followed up by a complete demolishing by their in-state rival, Iowa. They have struggled to get any type of offense going, rotating two quarterbacks, and their rush defense has been abysmal allowing over 200 yards per game.
13/13 BAYLOR (4-0) at Iowa State (1-3)
Octover 1, 2016 | 11:00 a.m.. CT
Ames, Iowa | Jack Trice Stadium (61,500)
Talent: Tim Brando (pxp), Spencer Tillman (analyst), Bruce Feldman (sideline)
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- The Bears have won 5-straight dating back to last year’s bowl - tops in Big 12 & tied for 11th in FBS.
- Baylor is looking to start 5-0 as well as 2-0 in Big 12 play for the 4th-straight year.
- Baylor and Iowa State?will meet for the 15th?time on Saturday. The Bears lead the all-time series 8-6, but in Ames the Cyclones hold a 4-3 advantage. BU?has won each of the last 3 meetings.
- Baylor has won 23 of its last 28 Big 12 games, including 9 of the last 11 away from Waco.
- Baylor is 12-3 in true road games over last 3+ years, after going 7-17 in the previous 5 years.
- BU has won 18 of last 23 games played outside of Waco.
- The Bears are 4th in the country by forcing 7.0 3-and-outs per game.
- Baylor is 2nd in the Big 12 and 11th nationally in scoring defense, giving up just 13.5 ppg.
- Baylor is outscoring foes 72-24 in the 2nd-halves of 2016’s first 4 games and has allowed 0 points in the 4th quarter.
Quick Look at Iowa State
- President - Dr. Steven Leath
- Director of Athletics - Jamie Pollard
- Location - Ames, IA 50011
- Founded -1858
- Nickname - Cyclones
- Colors - Cardinal and Gold
- Mascot - Cy
- Enrollment - 36,001
- Stadium - Jack Trice Stadium (61,500)
- Surface - Natural Grass
- Football Twitter Account - @CycloneFB
- Bowl Seasons - 1971-72-77-78-2000-01-02-04-05-09-11-12
- Head Coach - Matt Campbell
- Record at Iowa State (years) - 1-3 (1)
- Overall Record (years) - 36-18 (4)
- 2015 Record - 3-9
- 2015 Conference Record - 2-7
- Last Bowl Game - 2012 Liberty Bowl (L, 31-17 to Tulsa)
- Offense - Multiple
- Defense - Base 4-3-4
- Letterwinners Returning - 41 (15 offense, 22 defense, 3 specialists)
- Letterwinners Lost - 26 (15 offense, 9 defense, 3 specialists)
- Starters Returning - 16 (5 offense, 8 defense, 2 specialists)
- Starters Lost - 15 (10 offense, 4 defense, 2 specialists)
What Happened Last Time
In the middle of a literal hurricane, the Baylor Bears got off to a fast start and built a 35-0 lead behind a blazing start from Seth Russell and the offense. However, the Cyclones would score 20 points in a row to start the 2nd half, making it a closer game. Then Seth Russell got hurt on a run near the endzone. With Andrew Billings out for the game, the Bears run defense struggled (along with some very rainy and wet conditions) to stop the Cyclone rushing attack which gained 232 yards. However four forced turnovers and five defensive three-and-outs were more than enough for the Baylor Bears to win.
RealTimeRPI - Bears win 47-24
Massey - Bears win 37-23
TeamRankings.com - Bears win 38-22
Tim Watkins, BearsIllustrated.com - Bears win 45-17
It is time we start appreciating the Baylor defense for what it is. This is a great unit against certain type of offenses, at the very least. Baylor held a Top-10 Cowboys passing attack to under 300 yards, and stepped up when they had to in the 4th quarter. In fact, they have been perfect in the fourth quarter all season, not allowing a single point.
With a Cyclone team that is undermanned and not nearly as dangerous as the Cowboys, expect another dominant performance from the Bears defense while the offense hammers the ball for over 300 yards rushing.
Kevin Barrera, BearsIllustrated.com - Bears win 41-24
This is a weird one for me. Not because I think the Bears will lose, but because I'm anxious to see how the Bears come out after a very emotional win last weekend. The offense seemed to find its identity last week and the defense proved it could win games for the Bears. Still though, I'm interested in how they respond against a team they should beat.
Iowa State is rebuilding. Matt Campbell takes over and brings an energetic personality to a program that has been in dire need of a change in culture. But, the Cyclones are bad. They have a couple of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, but they should be completely overmatched on Saturday. On offense, the Bears should have no issues running the ball. With KD out, Seth Russell will need to rely on Ish Zamora, Chris Platt and Blake Lynch to carry the load. That should be no problem, as Ish Zamora and Chris Platt had breakout games last week. On defense, the Bears will need to key on stopping the run, but their overall athleticism and speed should cause major fits for the Cyclone offense. The Bears will win this one, but it will likely be closer in the first half than most think it probably should be.