Cloudy Crystal Ball: Game 8

Oklahoma's defense finds its form against Iowa State

Each week of the college football season brings its own set of crazy predictions. Some are out of this world. Some are just lazy and will definitely be achieved. We at Sooners Illustrated have our own set of weekly predictions. See what appears as we gaze into our cloudy crystal ball for Oklahoma’s Game 8 matchup against Iowa State.

Oklahoma’s defensive line will record its first sack in five games . . . Jordan Phillips, Chuka Ndulue and Charles Tapper don’t have a sack in Big 12 play. Let that sink in. It’s true. The big front has been neutralized with the step up in competition and the offensive line schemes. That ends Saturday. Iowa State has allowed more than two sacks per game. The Sooners’ D-line hits that number, but the defense doubles it. Oklahoma sack quarterback Sam B. Richardson five times, once by Phillips.

Running back Keith Ford finishes with five touches . . . He won’t start. He won’t see the field in the second half, when the game is wrapped up. He’ll play about a quarter-and-a-half because he won’t need to play any more, but his reappearance will invigorate the Sooners. He finishes with one catch and four carries for, let’s say, 32 total yards.

Oklahoma’s defense allows less than 30 points . . . Easy, right? Not quite. Oklahoma has allowed 30 points in each game within the Big 12 – consider the competition, though. Streaks like that aren’t easy to stop. Sidebar: The Sooners also don’t allow a play of more than 25 yards, shutting down the Cyclones’ offense.

What are your predictions?

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