Oklahoma Sooners vs. Iowa State Cyclones: Sooners Wire Staff Predictions

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After a week of drama after the loss to Baylor and wild head coaching rumors, it’s time to put that behind us and get ready for an actual football game. In search of a redemptive performance, Saturday can’t get here fast enough for the Oklahoma Sooners.

Coming to town is a tough Iowa State team that’s suffered a disappointing 2021. A team that was supposed to contend for a Big 12 title in 2021 is scratching and clawing to stay relevant for a title game spot in a couple weeks.

Neither team can afford another loss, which should lead to focused effort from the two sides.

This is a gut-check game for both teams. The Cyclones are coming off a tough loss to Texas Tech last week and the Sooners are looking to rebound from their loss to the Bears. A great game is about to take place in Norman, which looks on paper to be another tight one for the Oklahoma Sooners.

With that, let’s take a look at this week’s Sooners Wire Staff Predictions!

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Oklahoma 27, Iowa State 24

Oklahoma returns home and takes on an Iowa State team that has underwhelmed relative to the Cyclones’ preseason expectations. With a win over OU, Iowa State can erase some of the disappointment from road losses against West Virginia and Texas Tech.

True freshman quarterback Caleb Williams has completed 41-of-53 passes for 697 yards and 10 touchdowns in his two home starts.

In a word, he’s been brilliant at home. It’s unrealistic to expect those lofty numbers to be duplicated against an Iowa State defense that ranks No. 10 nationally in total defense, No. 18 in rushing defense and No. 23 in passing defense. Still, it’s fair to expect Williams to play much better than his two-interception offering in Waco against Baylor.

The biggest key in this game defensively for Oklahoma will be trying to slow down Iowa State junior running back Breece Hall. If the Sooners can do a serviceable job there, then that will set OU up to force ISU senior quarterback Brock Purdy into a mistake or two.

The biggest deciding factor is that the game is being played in Norman and Williams has been terrific for the Sooners at home. Expect another low-possession game where Oklahoma does just enough to head to Stillwater, Okla., with its one-loss record intact.

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Oklahoma 35, Iowa State 24

I hate to be the person that says it but this game is Oklahoma’s season. A loss here really muddies up their chances of defending their Big 12 crown and guarantees they will not be in the College Football Playoff.

Thankfully, the Sooners aren’t facing a Dave Aranda coached defense this week but the Iowa State Cyclones are far from pushovers. This will be the third time these teams have faced each other since the start of last season.

I’m going Oklahoma. Why? It’s Senior Day and the last home game of the season. The loss might’ve been the jumpstart this team needed to start playing complementary football more consistently.

Caleb Williams bounces back and throws 2 touchdowns(Jeremiah Hall and Marvin Mims) and runs for a score. Kennedy Brooks gets over 85 yards and a score and we get an interception from one of the starting corners.

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Oklahoma 33, Iowa State 24

The Oklahoma Sooners have a lot to prove. Not just to the national observers but to themselves. After a 9-0 start to the season, the Sooners laid an egg in Waco. About the only player that played a good game was Brian Asamoah, who was flying around and making plays. Oklahoma needs that energy and playmaking from everyone on both sides of the if their going to rebound and get their 10th win of the season this week.

Iowa State poses problems for the Oklahoma Sooners. They’ve been one of the best defenses in the country, who’ve had a couple let downs in recent weeks. Things haven’t gone as expected for the Cyclones in 2021, but a win over Oklahoma would leave everyone feeling better about the underwhelming 2021.

But this is Oklahoma’s week. To a man, they have a better effort and performance. That’s not to say it’ll be easy, Iowa State’s Breece Hall, Charlie Kolar, and Xavier Hutchinson will make plays in this game. However, the Sooners will have a better tackling game and limit the damage.

Look for a much better performance from Caleb Williams and the wide receiver group in the passing game. The running game will continue to struggle, but Kennedy Brooks and Eric Gray will break a run or two to give Lincoln Riley enough confidence to stay with the run throughout the game.

The defense picks up from its performance against the Bears and has another solid game. Not forced to stay on the field as much, the defense stays fresh and finishes this one strong.

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