Week 9 - Oklahoma State at Iowa State

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Week 9 Fearless Prediction - Oklahoma State at Iowa State

- Oklahoma State at Iowa State | Texas Tech at Oklahoma
- West Virginia at Kansas State | Baylor at Kansas | Texas at TCU

Oklahoma State (5-1) at Iowa State (1-5) Oct. 26 12:00, FOX Sports Network

Why You Should Give A Hoot: There aren't many 5-1 teams as underwhelming as Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are still deep in the hunt for the Fiesta Bowl, and they're in if they win out, but this isn't the normal fun and exciting Mike Gundy squad. It's a bit sluggish, it's still trying to figure out the right quarterback situation, and there's a solid chance there isn't a win yet on the slate over a team that's a slam dunk to go bowling. Add Iowa State to the list.

It's been a rough time or the Cyclones, losing a controversial heartbreaker to Texas, battling well in a loss to Texas Tech, and getting their doors blown off in a 71-7 loss to Baylor. It's going to take an epic run to have any shot at a bowl game, needing to win five of the last six games.

The two teams are 4-4 against each other since 2000.

Why Oklahoma State Might Win: The Iowa State offensive line has been a disaster. It's giving up way too many sacks and it isn't generating any sort of a push for the ground game that's averaging just 132 yards per game. Oklahoma State's defensive front hasn't been a killer behind the line, but it should be able to get to the quarterback on a regular basis and it should be able to erase the Cyclone ground attack. OSU has yet to allow more than one rushing touchdown or 150 yards in a game, and Iowa State doesn't have the passing game to keep up. Iowa State might not have the running attack, but …

Why Iowa State Might Win: The offense has to try to grind out the clock. Granted, the stat is skewed because Baylor was scoring in a hiccup, but the Cyclones are decent at hanging on to the ball and controlling the game, and Oklahoma State isn't. Iowa State has to shorten the game, run the clock, and keep the defense off the field, and while the Cowboys are great at coming up with third down stops, their offense doesn't have the ball enough. Everything has to go right for ISU, and considering it doesn't turn the ball over on a regular basis, it should win the turnover margin.

Who To Watch Out For: And the Oklahoma State quarterback is … ? J.W. Walsh has been fine, but he was benched over TCU, and Clint Chelf came in to throw for 178 yards and a pick to close out the win. Walsh is more of the gutty baller who makes things happen, but Chelf is the better pure passer and has more upside. Walsh struggled with his decision making against the Horned Frogs, and now, in the middle of the season, there's more guesswork than ever under center.

What Will Happen: Oklahoma State will be Oklahoma State. It won't be impressive, it won't be magical, but it'll plod its way past an undermanned Iowa State for another pedestrian win.

Prediction: Oklahoma State 27 … Iowa State 17
Line: Oklahoma State -13 o/u: 59
Must See Rating: (5 The Counselor – 1 Last Vegas) … 2
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