Oklahoma State is on a two-week timetable to get the run game going. If the Cowboys can't do it against the Cyclones or Kansas then it will be difficult against the last six opponents, except for maybe Texas.
You always get supreme effort from Iowa State no matter what the situation, the records or the scenario. Iowa State wants to get back to a bowl game and falling to 1-4 would be a disaster toward that aim.
Oklahoma State not only needs to make hay or put hay into the barn because Iowa State and Kansas are the next two opponents but the Iowa State game on Saturday morning at the Boone is the third to last home game of the season. West Virginia for homecoming in October and the Texas game on Nov. 18 are the last two home games. The rest are on the road.
Oklahoma State DE Jimmy Bean
vs. Iowa State RT Jake Campos
Crabtree will see Iowa State defensive end Trent Taylor, while Campos has the unfortunate task of dealing with the ultra athletic and powerful Jimmy Bean. Bean has 17 tackles, six for loss, 3.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. This is a mismatch for the Cowboys on the defensive side. Bean should have a very disruptive day on Saturday.
Edge: Heavy to Oklahoma State and Jimmy Bean
vs. Iowa State WR Allen Lazard
If Lampkin can't go and Ramon Richards jumps in then the matchup with Lazard, who plays the X-receiver for the Cyclones, will be very interesting. Richards played well coming in last week and Texas Tech can put pressure on a corner like no other offense. Lazard has made big plays, but both the freshmen will be looking for consistency, Richards a lot of stops and Lazard more than a couple of catches in a game.
Edge: Oklahoma State CB Ashton Lampkin or Even
vs. Iowa State Right DE Cory Morrissey
Koenig has remade himself and is a major leader on the offensive line. I think Koenig will both overpower Morrissey and I also think he will be able to trick him some as Koenig is capable of mimicking some false looks.
Edge: To Oklahoma State and Daniel Koenig
Big 12 Predictions
Saturday, Oct. 4
No. 7 Baylor 44, @Texas 14
Really, Texas players were talking smack saying, "Baylor is still Baylor, and Texas is still Texas." They were right, Baylor is still good and Texas is still trying to find their xxxxx.
No. 4 Oklahoma 31, @No. 25 TCU 27
TCU just missing enough offense to score the upset over Oklahoma, but the Horned Frogs sure put a scare into the Sooners.
@West Virginia 48, Kansas 20
West Virginia and Dana Holgorsen get revenge for a really devastating upset loss to Kansas last season. Kansas does show more spirit for new interim coach Clint Bower.
@ No. 23 Kansas State 38, Texas Tech 10
I don't think Davis Webb plays and the freshman Mahomes at quarterback can't get it done. He is not ready.
Last Week: 5-0 (straight up) / 2-3 (against the spread)
Season Total: 30-4 (straight up) / 19-8 (against the spread)
(Note: Not all games have point spreads as FBS vs. FCS games often don't.)
Last Week's Results
Thursday, Sept. 25
No. 24 Oklahoma State 48, Texas Tech 20
Actual Score: 45-35 Oklahoma State
Saturday, Sept. 27
TCU 52, @SMU 21
Actual Score: 59-0 TCU
@No. 25 Kansas State 31, UTEP 16
Actual Score: 58-28 Kansas State
Texas 24, @Kansas 20
Actual Score: 23-0 Texas
No. 7 Baylor 55, @Iowa State 17
Actual Score: 49-28 Baylor