CFB Week 8 Preview – Oklahoma State @ Iowa State 20.30 UK Time (15.30 EST). Week 8 of College Football doesn’t boast any blockbuster games, but does have some important conference match-ups.
With Oklahoma finally hitting their stride offensively, it seems as though the rest off the division will be scrapping it out for that 2nd spot and a title game against Oklahoma. Which makes this a very important Big 12 match-up! Although they are ranked 8th Nationally and unbeaten in the season, Oklahoma State are somehow 6.5 point underdogs.
The Cowboys have been a surprise to many this season, going unbeaten so far. They’ve had a fairly easy run of games so far, with their gauntlet of games starting just last week against Texas. They had an impressive win against Texas, coming into the 4th Quarter they were down 24-16. The whole team showed great fighting spirit and scored 16 unanswered points.
The offense solid last week, with a standout player being Oklahoma State RB Jaylen Warren. Warren gained 193 yards on the day and achieved a PFF grade of 73.8. The offense has been pretty impressive so far this season with a PFF grade of 76.5. With the passing game getting 1,277 yards on the season so far, with 7 touchdowns. While the run game has gained 1,055 yards, with 10 touchdowns. A slight concern that Cowboy fans will have is the amount of turnovers that the offense seems to give away. 12, yes 12, turnovers! Although only 1 was given away last week to Texas. With that game only being decided by 8 points, it seems that the lack of turnovers was vital in their win
The Oklahoma State defense has been really impressive this season, achieving a PFF grade of 90.4. They also boast the 15th best defense against the run in the Nation. Allowing only 593 yards. The Cowboys have a really solid pass rush as well, with 146 pressures on the season resulting in 23 sacks. With the Cyclones having a great O-Line, allowing only 3 sacks this season, the Cowboys defense has their work cut out for them.
Like many people I had high expectations for this Iowa State team. They have proved to be… underwhelming to say the least. They sit at 4-2 on the season, with disappointing losses against Iowa and Baylor. However there is still hope for Cyclone fans. A great end to the season, with some other results going their way and they could be in with a chance at a title game with Oklahoma.
Although they have one of the best RB’s in the Nation, in Breece Hall, the Cyclones passing game has shone bright. The Iowa State QB, Brock Purdy, has been impressive from the start of the season with a PFF grade of 82.8. He has a 73.9% completion rate with 1,351 yards on the season. Averaging 8.2 yards per attempt and 250 yards per game. One of my favorite connections in this Iowa State offense is Brock Purdy to WR Xavier Hutchinson. The WR is clearly Purdy’s favorite target with 34 receptions in the season. From those 34 receptions Hutchinson has gained 414 yards and scored 3 touchdowns.
Statistically the Cyclones have the 3rd best defense in the Nation. Allowing just 252.5 yards per game, behind only Georgia and Wisconsin. They also have the 14th best defense against the run in the Nation, just above their counterparts, Oklahoma State. An important part of that run defense is linebacker Mike Rose. Rose is the leading tackler in this Cyclones defense, with 30 tackles on the season. 17 of those tackles resulted in a loss for the offense. It is instrumental that Rose keeps the Cowboy feature running-back, Jaylen Warren, quiet in this game!
Undrafted’s Oklahoma State Talent Watch – Malcom Rodriguez LB
Rodriguez is the Cowboys highest graded player, with a PFF grade of 85. He also holds a few more team records on the season. Playing the most snaps of any player on the defense and also being the teams leading tackler. Rodriguez leads the defense in tackles with 43, out of those 43 tackles 28 of them resulted in a loss for the opposing offence. Already through the season, Rodriguez has been instrumental in making Oklahoma State the 2nd best defense against the run in the Big 12. The linebacker will play a vital role in stopping Breece Hall and the Iowa State rushing attack.
Undrafted’s Iowa State Talent Watch – Breece Hall RB
When Iowa State’s offense is mentioned, many minds turn to the thought of Breece Hall. The Cyclone running-back was subject to Heisman talk at the start of the season, but after the first 2 games that talk dwindled off. Although in the last 4 games Hall has hit his stride, with over 100 yards in each. In those last 4 games, Hall has rushed for 600 yards and scored 8 touchdowns! As previously mentioned, Oklahoma State has the 15th best defense against the run in the Nation. For Iowa State to have success in this game, it is vital that Hall can overcome this.
CFB Week 8 Preview – Oklahoma State @ Iowa State
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