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OSU football: The Six Shooter pregame thoughts on the Cowboys vs. Iowa State

STILLWATER — Hopefully, The Six Shooter isn’t too rusty after the 21-day layoff for sixth-ranked Oklahoma State, which will play host to No. 17 Iowa State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, televised by Fox:

Cowboy in the Crosshairs

Quarterback Spencer Sanders

No point in dancing around it. Sanders’ presence and ability to move the offense down the field is the biggest key to an Oklahoma State victory on Saturday. Will Gundy really play two quarterbacks, mixing true freshman Shane Illingworth in as well? When it comes to QB play, predicting what Gundy will do is about impossible, but the Cowboys need Sanders playing at his top level to fully use their offensive weapons.

Matchup that Matters

Iowa State running back Breece Hall vs. OSU linebackers

Hall leads the Big 12 in rushing yards and touchdowns, and his per-game average of 132.8 yards is more than OSU has allowed to any team so far this season. Containing Hall falls heavily on OSU’s linebackers, who are some of the best tacklers on the team. 

Number to Know


That’s how many interceptions Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy has thrown through four games this season. He threw three in one quarter against OSU last year, one of which was returned for a game-winning touchdown. The Cowboys need to find a way to win the turnover battle in such a tight ballgame.

Against the Spread

Over 51.5

This number has taken a nosedive late in the week since opening at 55.5. If it had stayed in that range, I would have been nervous about it. But the dip doesn’t scare me as much. As for OSU minus 3.5, play that — on either side — at your own risk. 



The Cowboys have been traditional with their home looks so far, including the crispy all-white throwbacks, so it’s time to throw in the black-on-black look. And top it off with the orange helmet with chrome OSU logo.

1 Wild Prediction

Tight end Jelani Woods catches five passes

It would more than double his production to this point in the season, which consists of two catches for six yards. But hitting a few passes in the middle of the field should help open up things for the outside receivers and for the run game.

(Wild Prediction record: Season, 2-1; All-time, 5-37)

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Oklahoma State's Spencer Sanders. [JOHN CLANTON/TULSA WORLD]

Oklahoma State's Spencer Sanders. [JOHN CLANTON/TULSA WORLD]

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›