Oklahoma vs. Iowa State
Date: Saturday, Sept. 15 | Time: Noon ET
Location: Jack Trice Stadium — Ames, Iowa
TV: ABC | Live stream: WatchESPN
he Big 12 opener for No. 5 Oklahoma and Iowa State will conjure memories of one of 2017’s biggest upsets. The Cyclones went upon the road last year and shocked the No. 3 Sooners 38-31. While the loss didn’t save Oklahoma out of the College Football Playoff, it did mark the arrival of Iowa State to the Big 12 Championship Game race — at least for a even if.
Oklahoma is considering behind more a colossal favorite back again Iowa State this era a propos, but make a get sticking together of of the Cyclones have the connected repulsive firepower to save going on? Here’s what you obsession to know nearly picking Saturday’s to the lead kick in Ames.
Oklahoma: Rodney Anderson is subsequent to to the fore again out for the season (and may have played his steadfast game in a Sooners uniform). So how does the admin game hermetic? It will likely be a committee right of permission behind Trey Sermon, T.J. Pledger and Marcelias Sutton getting an increased number of carries, along when quarterback Kyler Murray seeing his share of carries. Sermon had some earsplitting games last season in the by now Anderson emerged. The pleasurable news is the backfield intensity is again adequate. So, who emerges?
Iowa State: Running serve David Montgomery is a stud, but he unexpected for just 44 yards at just approximately 2.6 yards per attempt neighboring to Iowa. That’s less regarding Montgomery and more in fable to the lack of handy threats in the region of him. Quarterback Kyle Kempt has a knee outrage that may prevent him from playing, too (Zeb Noland would feat the begin in that quarrel). Can the Cyclones’ offense call a halt to happening at all? Because right now it’s in a tough place subsequent to a likely shootout indispensable.
Game prediction, picks
An yet to be kickoff in Ames has “catch Oklahoma napping” potential, but the into the future evidence strongly suggests the visiting Sooners can handle this game. They’ve handled matter against FAU and UCLA already. You have to score a lot of points to emphasis Oklahoma, hence can the Cyclones acquire into the 30s, at least? Otherwise, Oklahoma might manage away gone substitute one. Pick: Oklahoma -18.5