The Oklahoma State Cowboys are just two games away from the BCS National Championship Game. If they can beat the NCAA football odds in this one against the Iowa State Cyclones on Friday night, they’ll be just one step away from the biggest game in school history.
The Pokes really have to be careful of complacency in this game. They are probably going to have their sights set on Bedlam in two weeks against the Oklahoma Sooners, and if they forget about the current task, they could find themselves in trouble even though they are clearly the better team. Remember, this is the same Iowa State team that went into Lubbock and smashed the Texas Tech Red Raiders, who beat the Sooners the week before. There really isn’t any stopping this offense for the most part. Averaging 565.3 yards per game is third in the nation, and the end result has been 51.7 points per game, second in the land. RB Joseph Randle has 993 rushing yards and 23 total touchdowns on the year, simply stunning numbers for just 10 games. WR Justin Blackmon needs seven receptions to reach the 100 barrier this year, and he has 1,142 yards and 14 TDs. But of course, there is QB Brandon Weeden, the Heisman Trophy candidate. He has 3,635 passing yards and a whopping 73.1 completion percentage, and he has 31 touchdown passes already on the year.
Iowa State has a 5-4 record this year, and that leaves it just one game from bowl eligibility with three to play. Easy, right? Well, maybe not so much… This is the final home game of the season, and the last two games are at the Oklahoma Sooners and Kansas State Wildcats. Needless to say, it’s an uphill battle from here for the Cyclones, though they have won back to back games to get back above the .500 mark. The defense has been challenged all year by the brutal Big XII, and this is no exception. Five teams have already scored at least 33 against ISU, and would surprise us if that number didn’t stretch to eight by the end of the year. The ‘D’ has allowed 29.8 points and 420.0 yards per game thus far. Offensively, the team’s leading touchdown producer, James White has seven scores, less than a third of Randle has accounted for. In fact, the entire offense for Iowa State the whole year has a grand total of 27 touchdowns, four fewer than Weeden has thrown.
Oklahoma State Cowboys @ Iowa State Cyclones Pick: There is just a little too much respect right now for the Cowboys. Asking a team to give up 27 points at the beginning of the game is just so much on the road in a conference game. Play on the Cyclones and don’t be surprised if this game ends up being a heck of a lot closer than this spread suggests.
College Football Pick: Iowa State Cyclones +27 at Bookmaker Sportsbook.
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