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After facing two of the nation's top three offenses in the last two weeks, Iowa State will face the nation's top-rated offense Saturday when the Cyclones travel to Baylor to face the high-powered Bears.

Another Week, Another Top Offense

Paul Rhoads sat in his home office Sunday morning with a recruit when he was presented with a question. 

"Coach," the recruit asked, "who do you got this week?"

"Baylor," Rhoads told him. "We get to face the No. 3, the No. 2 and now the No. 1 total offensive teams in the country back-to-back-to-back."

"Good luck," the recruit told him.

Welcome to life in the Big 12.

After two consecutive weeks of facing two of the nation's top three offenses — Texas Tech and TCU — Iowa State will travel to Waco, Texas, on Saturday to face the nation's top-rated offense. The Cyclones have surrendered 1,397 yards and 111 points in the last two weeks, and Baylor surpasses even those offenses. 

The Bears average 719.7 yards and 63.8 points per game and are the only program in the country averaging more than 8 yards per play. To add insult to injury, Baylor has won its last 19 home games dating back to October 2012.

The Latest on Lanning

Iowa State used backup quarterback Joel Lanning twice Saturday in his special package, the second instance at 6:01 when the redshirt sophomore completed a 74-yard pass to Allen Lazard for a touchdown. For the next 51 minutes, Lanning never saw the field. 

Afterward, coach Paul Rhoads said the reason would be determiend in a Sunday analysis. 

The result? 

"We usually motion with it and we’re trying to see how people are going to adjust to motion," Rhoads said. "With that motion that we see and how they’re matching up to everyone else, we weren’t overly excited about what we saw with the motion in the two snaps we saw."

Still, Rhoads admitted the use of Lanning's package, in hindsight, wasn't enough.

"We should have run it more," Rhoads said.

Cyclones Exit TCU Healthy

While running backs Mike Warren and Joshua Thomas exited Saturday's loss with injuries, both were 100 percent in the weight room Monday. Meanwhile, offensive lineman Daniel Burton's injury turned out not to be an MCL tweak and he should be full-go this week.


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