This week we look at the Cowboys game after a huge Bedlam game, Iowa State. If there’s one thing that Oklahoma State fans don’t like to do when there's a lot of hype around Oklahoma State, it’s playing Iowa State in Ames. The Cowboys look to avenge their controversial loss in 2011 and escape Ames unscathed.
Where: Jack Trice Stadium- Ames, Iowa
When: November 11, 2017
Time and Channel: TBA
2016 Record: 3-9
Key Losses: LB Kane Seeley, OL Brian Bobek , Patrick Scoggins, Nick Fett and Brian Seda.
Key Returners: QB Jacob Park, WR Allen Lazard, RB Mike Warren, S Kamari Cotton-Moya, LB Willie Harvey.
Iowa State struggled last season only making it to 3-9 in what was a disappointing season for the Cyclones. This season they have a lot of key returners, however, the lack of returners on the offensive line will still be a problem for the cyclones. It’s hard to make plays if you don’t have anyone too protect you. Quarterback Jacob Park looks to be the biggest key to the offense for the Cyclones as they look to do most of their work from the air.
Last year the Cowboys managed to down the Cyclones 38-31 in Stillwater. However, the Cowboys were down by 17 at one point during the game. Justice Hill had 18 carries for 57 yards. Mason Rudolph was 26-of-44, 351 yards and four TDs. James Washington torched the ISU secondary for 152 yards on eight catches, two for scores. The Cowboys just couldn’t seem to stop the Cyclones offense, however Rudolph and Co. were able to pull this one out.
Player to watch- Offense: Allen Lazard
Allen Lazard has been the talk of the Iowa State offense this offseason. And it’s well deserved. Lazard was a huge part of the Cyclones offensive production last year with over 1,000 yards receiving. Lazard also recorded seven touchdowns last year.
Player to watch-defense: Kamari Cotton-Moya
With 73 tackles, 58 solo and 15 assisted and two interceptions last season, Cotton-Moya can be expected to be a big part of the Cyclones defense this season. He can also be expected to bring some leadership to the defense being a senior this season.
The Bottom Line:
It’s going to be hard to find a defense in the Big 12 that can keep up with the Oklahoma State offense, and Iowa State is no exception. I think Oklahoma State makes it out Ames with no issue. This team has lost a lot key elements on offensive line. How close this game is however, will be dependent on if quarterback Jacob Park can get the ball to his wide receiver Allen Lazard.
Iowa State: 28
Oklahoma State: 52
Oklahoma State record through week 9: 9-0, 6-0 Big 12