OSU-Iowa State Matchups & Predictions

It is another elimination game for Oklahoma State as the Cowboys look to stay in the chase for the Big 12 championship. While for the second week in a row, the Cowboys opponent is out of the race. Iowa State has had a signature win every season under current head coach Paul Rhoads. The Cowboys played that role two years ago losing in double overtime while ranked as the No. 2 team in the nation.

OSU needs to show that the lesson was learned and this time use Ames as a springboard into a potential showdown between two conference contenders next week in Lubbock against Texas Tech.

OSU vs. Iowa State: Key Matchups

1. OSU quarterbacks Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh
vs. Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George
Mike Gundy won't say who is going to start at quarterback, but at this stage of the game it may not matter as the Cowboys head coach could possibly try to ride the hot hand between Chelf and Walsh the rest of the way in trying to win the Big 12.

Both quarterbacks will see one of the best linebackers in the league and certainly one of the most underrated in George. He makes a lot of tackles, can pressure the passer and in coverage can pick off passes. He is a real deal defender, and one of really only two guys on the Iowa State defense that can make the kind of play that can make a difference in the game.
Advantage: Too Close to Call

2. OSU cornerbacks Justin Gilbert, Kevin Peterson and Tyler Patmon
vs. Iowa State wide receiver Quenton Bundrage
The OSU secondary last week did a nice job on the TCU passing game, but the Horned Frogs and their problems had a lot to do with that as well. Iowa State went to two quarterbacks against Baylor but you will see Sam Richardson in the game against the Cowboys.

His favorite target and the one receiver that can really make an impact in the game is Quenton Bundrage. He has some size and speed. He is capable of going off big in a contest and did earlier this season with a three touchdown game. Corners love a challenge and Bundrage will give the OSU corner trio one on Saturday.
Advantage: OSU cornerbacks Gilbert, Peterson and Patmon

3. OSU defensive tackles Calvin Barnett and James Castleman
vs. Iowa State's interior trio on the offensive line
I didn't name the starters for Iowa State at the center of the offensive line because it could change again by Saturday. After all, the Cyclones will start their seventh different combination on the offensive line on Saturday.

Center Tom Farniok is the last of the real veterans at center as he has a team-high 29 career starts. Guards Daniel Burton and Oni Omoile combine for nine starts, and all have come this year. Burton and Omoile are redshirt freshmen, young pups.

Barnett is a beast that most teams chose to double team or more. Castleman is rapidly approaching that same level and has been a huge playmaker. Throw in the OSU defensive ends and the linebacker corps behind them and this defense can really stress an offensive line, one that is experienced and settled. Iowa State, with the exception of Farniok, is neither.
Advantage: OSU defensive tackles Calvin Barnett and James Castleman

Oklahoma State-Iowa State Prediction
Many of Oklahoma State's players remember the trip to Ames two years ago and the upset that cost the Cowboys a berth in the BCS National Championship Game. It has not been forgotten, nor has it been forgotten how well Iowa State plays in front of their loyal fans.

Last week's Baylor blasting of Iowa State will not allow the underdog a chance to sneak up on OSU. The Cowboys are not playing well enough on offense to take anybody lightly anyway.

The Oklahoma State defense should dominate Iowa State while the offense looks to find the right quarterback combination (note the use of the word combination) and right personnel to get better while moving the ball to score more consistently.

I really hope that in the same stadium where the Cowboys last kicker (Quinn Sharp) had his all-time worst moment the team's new kicker (freshman Ben Grogan) finds his confidence.

No. 13 Oklahoma State 31, Iowa State 10

Big 12 Predictions
Saturday's Games
No. 13 Oklahoma State 31, Iowa State 10
Lots of aspects working against Cyclones here as plenty of Cowboys remember last trip to Ames, Cyclones banged up coming off blasting from Baylor, and OSU has more to play for. Home field the advantage for ISU.

No. 9 Texas Tech 28, No. 12 Oklahoma 24
Red Raiders have the tag they are not for real because they have played a soft schedule. News just in, OU and the Big 12 are not as ripped with muscle mass as in years past.

Kansas State 28, West Virginia 20
Both teams appear somewhat equal, and I have to take Bill Snyder at home over Dana Holgorsen on the road.

No. 5 Baylor 48, Kansas 10
The Bears have one thing left to prove and that is that they can take their brand of football devastation and destruction on the road. I'm not sure Kansas allows you to prove it but history tells us that the Jayhawks, even in bad years, have given Baylor problems in Lawrence.

Texas 26, TCU 24
TCU is actually favored and that leads me to believe that Casey Pachall will play. If he does, they will have a chance. My main curiosity is how Texas performs against Frogs defense.

Last Week - Straight up: 4-0; Against the spread: 4-0
For the Season - Straight up 37-10; Against the spread: 16-21

Last Week - Review
No. 17 Oklahoma State 31, TCU 17
Actual Score: Oklahoma State 24, TCU 10

No. 15 Texas Tech 24, West Virginia 21
Actual Score: Texas Tech 37, West Virginia 27

No. 16 Oklahoma 28, Kansas 13
Actual Score: Oklahoma 34, Kansas 19

No. 12 Baylor 49, Iowa State 20
Actual Score: Baylor 71, Iowa State 7

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