WHAT: No. 21 Iowa State vs. No. 15 Oklahoma State
WHEN: Saturday, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Jack Trice Stadium
TV: ABC or ESPN2
LINE: Oklahoma State (-6.5)
Chris Williams, Cyclone Fanatic Publisher
I haven’t been this torn on a game all week long. Last Sunday, I had a heavy OSU lean. On Wednesday, I likely would have picked the Clones. I’m torn because if you’re matching these teams up on paper, Oklahoma State’s offense is downright scary. However I do think that Jon Heackock will be able to exploit certain things that TCU and Texas gave him the blueprint for earlier in the season. I love the fact that it’s an 11 a.m. kick. The cold weather will certainly help. Also after re-watcing last week’s loss to WVU, it’s even more clear that if the Cyclones simply execute on 2-3 more plays, they’d be 7-2 heading into Senior Day. I actually like this matchup better than the one last week. The game is at home. I see Iowa State’s offense bouncing back. The key here is if Iowa State can turn Oklahoma State over a few times on the other side. I’m also concerned about how much gas the Cyclones have left in the tank. This was a very tired football team last Sunday. It’s a true toss-up in my estimation. I’ll roll with the good guys.
THE PICK: Iowa State 31, Oklahoma State 30
Brent Blum, Cyclone Fanatic Columnist
I’ve gone back and forth on this all week. Truth is, Oklahoma State is a historically good offense. The Cowboys have gained more than 650 yards in a game three times this season, Iowa State has done that once in its history. The Pokes will get theirs, so Iowa State has to max out on offense. This things goes right down to the nub, but I have a feeling the Magic travels across the parking lot from Hilton.
Jeff Woody, Cyclone Fanatic Football Analyst
Secondarily, OSU has played two of the three high level defenses already this year (ISU being the third)— losing to TCU and being held to 13 by Texas. I don’t think this game gets out of the mid-20s. 50/50 shot ISU wins, so I’ll give it to ‘em on senior day.
Jay Jordan, Cyclone Fanatic Football Analyst
THE PICK: Oklahoma State 35 Iowa State 20
Jared Stansbury, Cyclone Fanatic Staff Writer
Rob Gray, Cyclone Fanatic Staff Writer
Senior Day has arrived and I expect ISU’s offense to perform at a high level. The O-line finally finds a little push to help David Montgomery carve up the Cowboys for 100-plus yards and recent near-misses in the passing game will turn into connections.