The Oklahoma Sooners saw their Big 12 title hopes dwindle in September after their loss to Kansas State. Their slim shot at a national championship was dashed against Notre Dame. Still, Landry Jones and his team still have plenty on the line when they square off against Iowa State on Saturday.
Oklahoma could still play in the Fiesta Bowl if Kansas State lands in the BCS National Championship Game. As the Big 12 No. 2 team they'd play in the Cotton Bowl.
To keep its slot for a January matchup alive, Oklahoma needs to keep winning. It'll need Jones to play at an elite level to get there.
Where: Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa
When: Saturday, Nov. 3 at 12 p.m. ET
Betting Line: Oklahoma -12 (via OddsShark)
Jones was seen as a first-round draft pick early in the 2011 season. He didn't play to expectations, though, and opted to return for his senior year.
The Sooners are 5-0 in games where Jones throws more touchdowns than interceptions. They are 0-2 when he doesn't.
Jones will have a good game against Iowa State.
The Cyclones don't have the defensive firepower to keep up with Oklahoma's spread offense. Their best defender, Jake Knott, is out for the season. Their secondary will struggle but Jones needs to keep an eye out for Jacques Washington.
Iowa State's big cornerback has the speed to keep up with Kenny Stills and Justin Brown. But Oklahoma's passing game lives on yards after the catch.
This will be a physical matchup. Jones needs to get the ball to his receivers in space and let them make plays.
Stills hasn't had a 100-yard game since Week 2 against Florida A&M. That should also change.
Jones had seven touchdowns to just one interception the three weeks leading up to Notre Dame.
He has another three-touchdown performance in himself and it will likely come against Iowa State.
Score Prediction: Oklahoma 31, Iowa State 20.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.