Iowa State’s defense doesn’t lend itself to a big passing performance. The Cyclones typically bend but don’t break, keep everything in front and excel at fundamentals like tackling and no coverage busts.
That’s why it’s incumbent on Oklahoma to run the football with authority — really, for the first time this season.
Iowa State will get a lot of defenders around the football, but OU can withstand that by being patient in the ground game, particularly if the offensive line knows what their blocking assignment is and finishes blocks. Sounds basic, but that hasn’t happened with great regularity through the first four games.