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 started fast, before showing some weaknesses in the special teams game. However, they quickly bounced back and dismantled Kansas. Heres the Recap:
Breece Hall had a huge game, and puts himself in the Heisman conversation. Purdy also found Kolar and Hutchinson for TDs as the pass game continues to come together. A late TD from Dekkers to Scates showed the future of Iowa State football. The play calling contined to be skeptical at times, and special teams continues to be an issue, however, it looks like Campbell has his team headed in the right direction.
Iowa State, who takes the top spot in the Big 12, and the number 17 spot in the AP Poll, turns to Baylor next week before their bye.
Purchase, from, Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, CO, has committed to the Cyclones. The class of 2021 Cornerback has offers and interest from any major schools including Kansas State, Colorado State, Kansas among others. The three star recruit is the 142nd ranked CB in his class along with the 18th best player from Colorado. He stands at 5-11 and weights 170, a solid size for a DB.
He committed to Matt Campbell and the Cyclones Saturday Night:
Iowa State comes in off a heart breaking loss to #6 Oklahoma State. The Cyclones were plagued by mistakes in that loss, and look to fix some of those against sub par Kansas early on Saturday. Iowa State has both Kansas and Baylor ahead before their bye leading to tougher games in Kansas State and Texas.
Finding Brock Purdy another Receiver:
With Purdy mainly throwing to Hutchinson and the two tight ends, another receiver must emerge for the Cyclones. Joe Scates has shown promise along with last year's red zone target, Sean Shaw Jr. Teams are able to sit on the Cyclones main receivers, making it hard to convert on these 3rd downs. The rough offensive line also contributes to this, with the lack of time to throw for Purdy.
No Pooka Williams Jr.
Kansas running back Pooka Williams Jr. has opted out of the season due to health concers which means Kansas number one weapon and best player will not be on the field. This is huge news for the Cyclones as Pooka had a huge impact last year for the Jayhawks against the Cyclones.
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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