Iowa State will take on Oregon in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on January 2nd at 4/3 CT. The Cyclones off of a heart breaking Big 12 Championship loss to Oklahoma will look to bounce back. They had way too many mistakes in that game and will look to clean it up against 4-2 Oregon. Oregon is fresh off a Pac 12 Championship win over USC. However, they have had a shaky season, especially falling to lowly Oregon State. This is Iowa State's first ever appearance in a New Years 6 Bowl Game.
#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.
Offensive Lineman Tyler Maro has committed to the Cyclones. The 6-7 Iowa native had offers from 36 schools while playing at Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa. The class of 2021 prospect has a 3 star grade. He is ranked 671 nationally and 13th in the state of Iowa. He has major offers from schools that include Arizona State, California, Louisvile and many other power 5 schools.
On Senior Night, Iowa State took care of Business and blew out West Virginia, winning the regular season Big 12 Title and securing the #1 seed in the Title Game in Dallas. It was also senior night, and we saw touchdowns from program changers Landon Akers and Kene, which is always fun to see. Breece also notched over 150 total yards along with 2 TDs to continue to add to his Heisman season. Brock also passed for nearly 250 yards and 3 touchdowns, along with running for another. All aspects of the defense continued to remain strong as the Cyclones look ahead to Dallas for their Big 12 Championship meeting with Oklahoma on December 19th. Here a quick recap of the Game:
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.
After a back and forth game, Iowa State scored a go-ahead Breece Hall rushing TD to take the lead and hold on against Texas. This win nearly cements Iowa State in the Big 12 Championship game, their first appearance in the game. They will also look to win the conference championship game and become winners of the conference for the first time in 108 years. Before this huge game, however, they will take on West Virginia next week.
Iowa State seemed to struggle to run the ball, something they have done pretty well throughout the season, but the line and Hall came together and did what they needed to do on the final drive. Kolar came alive in this historic game as well, and had well over 100 receiving yards, which propelled the Cyclones offensively in a game where leading receiver Xavier Hutchinson was held in check by the Texas Defense. Tarique Milton back also added to Iowa State's offensive production.
On the defensive side of the ball, the secondary played amazing and did well to stick with the Texas receivers. However, other than Latrell Bankston who came up clutch many times, they struggled to get pressure and contain the Texas passing game. Iowa State will look to improve on that going into their matchup next week with West Virginia.
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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
Athlete Malik Verdon has committed to Iowa State from Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Ohio. After originally committing to Miami (OH), he has switched his commitment and chosen the Cyclones. He chose Iowa State over major schools that include Florida, Iowa, West Virginia and Washington State. The class of 2021 Commit stands at 6 foot 3, and is ranked in the top 1200 players in the nation by 247 Sports. He is also ranked as a top 50 recruit in his state of Ohio. He shows great athleticism and will be interesting to see what Campbell and staff chooses to do with Verdon.
#17th ranked Iowa State edged one win Baylor by a score of 38-31. While this game was filled with Cyclone Mistakes, they were able to put it all together a come out with a win. After the win, they stayed at #17 in the AP Poll.
Heres a one minute game recap video:
Brock Purdy threw 3 picks early in the game, but settled down later in the game. It is weird to see the ball not handed to Breece earlier in the game, especially after multiple picks were thrown. The defense also looked shaky to start the game, but tightened up and got the job done. Special teams continues to prove to be an issue as we saw with the muffed punt.
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.