The Six Shooter: Six pregame thoughts on OSU at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa — Pistols have been misfiring lately, but Oklahoma State has a chance to get back on the winning track at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Iowa State.
Let’s see if this Six Shooter can find the target:
Cowboy in the Crosshairs
Quarterback Spencer Sanders
Can he stop giving the ball away? That’s the only real question facing the OSU offense, which has been fairly potent when it isn’t turning the ball over. The OSU quarterback will draw pressure, because that has caused some of his eight turnovers in the last two games, and Iowa State likes to blitz anyway. Sanders needs to be hanging on tight and making smart decisions when he throws.
Matchup that Matters
Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy vs. OSU secondary
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Purdy is one of the most efficient and effective throwers in the country so far this season, even though the Cyclones didn’t shine offensively through September. He’s still averaging 312 yards per game, and he’s one of only three quarterbacks in the country with 14 passing touchdowns and six rushing TDs with Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts.
The Cowboys have let some big plays slip past them in the past two games, even when the coverage has been good.
Number to Know
Breece Hall’s average rushing yards per game since taking over as Iowa State’s featured back in the last two games. Hall had 18 total carries up to that point. His best game to date was last week against Texas Tech, when he rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, and added three receptions for 73 yards.
Bowl prediction time. The new name for this section will probably stick, considering the current season trajectory:
With a win: Camping World Bowl. The Alamo Bowl feels like a longshot at this point, but a return to Orlando, where the 2017 squad finished its season, could be in the mix with an upset on Saturday.
With a loss: Cheez-It Bowl. But getting bowl-eligible will be the first task, needing two wins against the remaining schedule of TCU, Kansas, West Virginia and Oklahoma.
OSU has worn black pants in the last two road games, so typically, I would go in another direction here. Maybe it’s my age showing, but with the game on grass, black pants seem like a good decision from a laundry perspective. And we’ve seen the sheriff’s badge on the white helmet. Now, how about the black one.
1 Wild Prediction
Chuba Hubbard gets 40 touches
In some form or another, the ball will make its way into Hubbard’s hands 40 times. Searching for a win in the worst way, Oklahoma State will feed its superstar running back in hopes of not only getting production, but also loosening up the Iowa State secondary.
(Wild Prediction record: Season: 0-7; All-time, 2-31)