Things are bad for the No. 18 Oklahoma Sooners, a team that welcomes the Iowa State Cyclones to town for a Big 12 matchup Saturday.
The Sooners were obliterated 41-12 at the hands of then-No. 6 Baylor and were knocked out of the Big 12 title race as a result. Oklahoma now sits with a 7-2 record with three games to go.
Bob Stoops' team would be wise to know it could always be worse.
Take the Cyclones, for example. The team sits at 1-8, is in the midst of a six-game skid and ranks No. 100 or worse in both points scored and allowed.
With both teams in desperate need of a win, here is a look at the details surrounding this Big 12 showdown.
When: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Okla.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 50
- Spread: Oklahoma (-24.5)
Cyclones Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Kamari Cotton-Moya||CB||08/28/2013||will miss the entire season||out||Achilles|
|Luke Knott||LB||11/04/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||out||concussion|
|Kyle Lichtenberg||T||11/10/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Oklahoma||questionable||undisclosed|
|Pierce Richardson||TE||08/28/2013||will miss the entire season||out||thigh|
|Jarvis West||WR||10/28/2013||is out indefinitely||out||knee|
Sooners Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Trey Metoyer||WR||10/16/2013||is suspended indefinitely||suspended||legal/disciplinary|
|Trey Millard||FB||10/28/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||out||knee|
|Corey Nelson||DE||10/07/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||out||pectoral|
|Jordan Phillips||DT||10/28/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||out||back|
|Jake Reed||T||08/26/2013||is suspended indefinitely||suspended||legal/disciplinary|
|Sterling Shepard||WR||11/11/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Iowa State||questionable||head|
|Jordan Smallwood||WR||08/17/2013||is out indefinitely||out||foot|
|Kendal Thompson||QB||11/11/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Iowa State||questionable||foot|
|D.J. Ward||DE||08/13/2013||is out indefinitely||out||splenectomy|
Can Oklahoma Get Production from Blake Bell?
Junior quarterback Blake Bell has come under fire in recent weeks, and rightfully so. But Stoops says Bell will remain the starter, per Jason Kersey of The Oklahoman:
OU football: Bob Stoops says Blake Bell remains the starting quarterback http://t.co/bKQZyn2tuN— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) November 12, 2013
Bell has been a mixed bag in recent weeks:
On the year, Bell has thrown as many touchdowns as interceptions, but his 15-of-35 performance against the Bears was perhaps worst of all.
If Bell is to keep his job, a great performance against a Cyclones defense that allows 37.8 points per game is a must. Not only that, but matchups against Kansas State and No. 12 Oklahoma State loom on the horizon, and the Sooners don't stand a chance with their current offense.
Which team wins?
Despite Oklahoma's recent struggles, this will be a rather simple affair.
The Sooners hold a 69-5-2 all-time advantage against the Cyclones and have won the last 14.
As bad as the performance against Baylor truly was, the Sooners are still a borderline top-20 team on the ground and allow just over 21 points per game. Bell has a major opportunity to right his wrongs, and it's hard to imagine he won't against a porous defense.
At home, the Sooners get back on track in a big way.
Sooners win 35-17