1. OSU quarterbacks Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh
vs. Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George
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
vs. Iowa State wide receiver Quenton Bundrage
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
vs. Iowa State's interior trio on the offensive line
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
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.
Big 12 Predictions
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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