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Know Your Enemy: Iowa State

Know Your Enemy: Iowa State

The Iowa State game is the final dress rehearsal for the Sooners before the meat of the conference schedule. Baylor, TCU, and Oklahoma State are the best that the Big 12 has to offer. If OU can win the next four weeks, they should get heavy consideration for the second edition of the College Football Playoff. Can the Sooners remain focused and keep their momentum rolling?

Iowa State (3-5) is coming off a 24-0 shutout against OU’s Achilles heel, Texas. On offense, redshirt freshman back Mike Warren has impressed for the Cyclones. Warren was a standout at Lawton High but wasn’t offered a scholarship by OU. He has rushed for over 100 yards and four touchdowns in five of the last six games, and needs only 46 yards to reach 1000 for the season. Since dual-threat quarterback Joel Lanning took over for senior Sam Richardson, the Cyclones have outscored opponents 51-10. Receivers Allen Lazard, Quenton Bundrage and D’Vario Montgomery have combined for 1,123 yards and nine touchdowns so this season.

The Cyclones’ defense is on a high after shutting out a Texas team that hadn’t put up a zero on the scoreboard against an unranked opponent in 54 years. Senior standout safety Qujuan Floyd (who leads the team in tackles with 52) was name Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week. The Sooners have put up more than 55 points in every game since losing to Texas, though, so it will be interesting to see if the Cyclones can hold their own against Oklahoma. The Cyclones are up against one of the most balanced attacks in all of college football, so even if they can manage to stop the running or passing game, they must contend with the other.

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