After nearly a month away from the way too early game-by-game preview of the upcoming Iowa State football season, let’s jump back in it against Oklahoma State.
When we left off, Iowa State was a 2-2 squad after shocking the Baylor Bears. Right, the Cyclones are going to beat the Bears you say. Hey, it wasn’t too long ago that Baylor was a horrendous road team in Big 12 football, and I at least laid some arguments for it to happen.
Besides, it’s not like you’re going to remember this thing in October anyway.
Anyway, let’s head into October where Iowa State will have its first road game outside of the state.
Stillwater never used to be a jarring place to play. Iowa State held their own in the past by at least being competitive in the majority of the games. It hasn’t happened since the turn of the millennium.
Year 2000 was the last time Iowa State saw a victory in Oklahoma State’s home. They won 33-26 en route to their fifth straight victory.
Since? A 36-7 loss in 2004, a 59-17 loss in 2008, and a 31-10 loss two years ago. Even though Iowa State took the Cowboys’ national title hopes away from them in 2011, it’s largely been a noncompetitive matchup with head coach Mike Gundy at the helm.
That’s likely going to continue. Oklahoma State is pictured to be just behind the favorites — Oklahoma, Texas, and Baylor — in the Big 12 this season.
The Cowboys blew up running the ball for over 350 yards. Senior running back Desmond Roland mowed down the Iowa State defense for 219 yards and four touchdowns, and he’ll be just a ready to do the same thing to a defense that could be just as troubled.
Hell, the best thing about facing the offense is the likelihood of playing against quarterback J.W. Walsh. Clint Chelf was picked to start last year. He only threw for 78 yards, but still managed the game pretty well and aided in tearing up Iowa State on the ground.
To make matters even tougher, they add JUCO transfer Tyreek Hill, a wide receiver that won the 200-meter dash and finished second in the 60-meter dash in the Big 12. That’s just fantastic.
After shocking the world with a huge win over Baylor at Jack Trice Stadium, Iowa State will falter back to under .500 by getting crushed in Stillwater. There’s simply too much talent on Oklahoma State’s offense, and not as much on the Cyclone defense.
OKST 61, IAST 20