Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming matchup between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Saturday, November 12, 2022; 2:30 p.m. CT; Boone Pickens; Stillwater, Oklahoma
TV: ESPNU (Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Stormy Buonantony)
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network (John Walters, Eric Heft, Ryan Harklau); Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb, Robert Allen)
Records: Iowa State (4-5, 1-5); Oklahoma State (6-3, 3-3)
Rankings: Both teams unranked
Last Week: Iowa State 31, West Virginia 14; Kansas 37, Oklahoma State 16
Series History: Oklahoma State leads 33-20-3
Last Meeting: Iowa State 24, Oklahoma 21 (2021)
Favorite: Iowa State (-1)
Fun Fact: Oklahoma State and Iowa State have split the last four meetings in this series, with Oklahoma State winning in 2020 (24-21) and 2019 (34-27), while Iowa State winning in 2021 (24-21) and 2018 (48-42).
Iowa State Cyclones
WR Xavier Hutchinson
Oh boy. Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson got back on track last week with a 10 catch, 123 yard, and one score day against West Virginia. Now, with the worst passing defense in the Big 12 on tap, Hutchinson and quarterback Hunter Dekkers have to be excited about this matchup. Oklahoma State is allowing 291.6 yards per game through the air, which ranks 125 out of 131 teams in the FBS. That, combined with the talent that Hutchinson possesses, is a bad combination for Mike Gundy and Co.
DE Will McDonald IV
Iowa State DE Will McDonald now has 33 career sacks and is officially tied with Texas A&M’s Von Miller as the all-time Big 12 sack leader. Oklahoma State’s offensive line has been atrocious as of late and McDonald has to be liking his odds of reaching sack No. 34 this week. Unless we see a huge improvement from the last couple of weeks, that is exactly what will happen as McDonald is among the best pass rushers in America.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oklahoma State Quarterback(s)
Spencer Sanders might miss some significant time with a shoulder injury, or, he might trot out onto the field and start at quarterback for the Cowboys against Iowa State this week. Head coach Mike Gundy is playing the QB situation close to the vest, as he should be, because if Sanders is out, it significantly decreases the likelihood of a Cowboys’ victory. If he is out, Garrett Rangel is likely to start after doing so last week. Either way, this will be something to watch as the week progresses.
LB Mason Cobb
One of the few bright spots on Oklahoma State’s defense, linebacker Mason Cobb leads the Cowboys in tackles (72) but also ranks fifth on the team in sacks (2), has recorded an interception, and had a forced fumble against Kansas last week. Cobb has grown into one of the leaders of the Pokes’ defense in 2022 and he will be vitally important down the stretch.
Iowa State Cyclones
Last week, Iowa State got its first win in Big 12 play and now they have the chance to make it two in a row against a beaten-up Oklahoma State team. The Cowboys have had two tough road losses in back-to-back weeks but will now return to the confines of Boone Pickens Stadium. Can the Cyclones keep things rolling on the road and make it three wins out of the last five versus the Cowboys?
Oklahoma State Cowboys
The biggest storyline for Oklahoma State is obviously the quarterback situation. However, with the way that the offensive line and the entire defensive unit has played over the last two weeks, I’m not sure that Brandon Weeden could’ve won either of those games. Mike Gundy’s squad needs to hope that a return home is just what the doctor ordered because this team needs to play much better as a whole. If they don’t, things might get awfully uncomfortable to end the 2022 regular season.
PREDICTION: IOWA STATE 24, OKLAHOMA STATE 20
This might be another tough week for the Cowboys, and it has everything to do with how good Iowa State is defensively. Their front seven is good enough to make teams one-dimensional and if Oklahoma State is forced to start either Gundy or Rangel, it could be a tough spot. I’m going to take Iowa State to get a crucial win on the road, getting them to 5-5 and just one win away from bowl eligibility with Texas Tech on deck.