#6 Iowa State will face #10 Oklahoma In Arlington, Texas for the Big 12 Championship. Iowa State brought in 3 huge Big 12 Awards this week with Breece Hall, Mike Rose and Matt Campbell receiving top honors. In their first matchup, they started so but were able to attack Oklahoma's small secondary and pound the run with Breece like they have continued to do all season. Here is a recap of the game:
Iowa State needs to play a turnover free game and stick to the principles they have all season to come away with a win Saturday. The Cyclones could make the college football playoff with a win and some help from Notre Dame and potentially others.
Iowa State looks to clinch the Big 12 regular season title with a win against West Virginia this afternoon. The Mountaineers are 5-3, and sit at 5th place in the conference. They have done a pretty good job of taking care of the ball and present a balanced attack on the offensive side of the ball, with a solid QB in Jarret Dodge and a solid running back room. Their defense has shown to be shaky, especially on the the side of run defense. Breece Hall had his breakout game in Morgantown last year, and looks to continue his campaign as one of the best in the country this year. Brock Purdy has continued to get better as the season continues on, and Cyclone fans would like to see more of the same today.
Kansas State travels to Ames for a huge Big 12 matchup, with huge conference title game implications on the line. The wildcats have lost starting QB Skylar Thompson for the year, and Will Howard will get the start for the Wildcats. This is huge for the Cyclones, as forcing Howard into mistakes will be huge for the Cyclones and will hopefully help the Iowa State secondary in the future. With Iowa State's solid run defense and KSU's rushing attack, this seems to be a good matchup for the Cyclones. Limiting Brock's mistakes will be huge again this week, as well as keeping Breece Hall in tremendous form. The running back is one of the top Heisman candidates this season. #BreeceforHeisman
4-2 Iowa State takes on 1-3 Baylor on Saturday night at 6 PM (CT). The Cyclones are coming off a blowout win against Kansas and look to keep the momentum and move up in the ranking as the #17 team in the country. Listen to the podcast:
What to Watch for: Secondary and Overall Improvement
With a Baylor pass heavy attack, Iowa State's secondary will get tested once again. They have continued to improve each week, and we have seen the emergence of a star in Isheem Young. The whole team will look to improve as they have huge tests upcoming after their bye as they will see both Texas and Kansas State, both towards the top of the Big 12.
FInding a Running Game
Charlie Brewer has had success throwing the ball for the Bears, however a run game has not come to surface. Baylor does not have a running back over 200 yards yet this season and will need to keep a balanced attack against a talented Cyclone defense. John Lovett leads them in carries with 36, tallying 125 yards on those carries.
Iowa State has one of their biggest games in school history as they play Oklahoma State for the first place spot in the Big 12. Two great offenses with weapons, and Iowa State's game changing defense.
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