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Iowa State vs. Oklahoma: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Nov 3, 2012; Ames, IA, USA: Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Kenny Stills (4) completes a touchdown pass while guarded by Iowa State Cyclones Cliff Stokes (7) during the fourth quarter at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Ryerson-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Ryerson-USA TODAY Sports
Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2013

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.

Television: FS1

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 50
  • Spread: Oklahoma (-24.5)

 

Cyclones Injury Report (via USA Today)

Cyclones Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Kamari Cotton-MoyaCB08/28/2013will miss the entire seasonoutAchilles
Luke KnottLB11/04/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonoutconcussion
Kyle LichtenbergT11/10/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Oklahomaquestionableundisclosed
Pierce RichardsonTE08/28/2013will miss the entire seasonoutthigh
Jarvis WestWR10/28/2013is out indefinitelyoutknee
USA Today

 

Sooners Injury Report (via USA Today)

Sooners Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Trey MetoyerWR10/16/2013is suspended indefinitelysuspendedlegal/disciplinary
Trey MillardFB10/28/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonoutknee
Corey NelsonDE10/07/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonoutpectoral
Jordan PhillipsDT10/28/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonoutback
Jake ReedT08/26/2013is suspended indefinitelysuspendedlegal/disciplinary
Sterling ShepardWR11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Iowa Statequestionablehead
Jordan SmallwoodWR08/17/2013is out indefinitelyoutfoot
Kendal ThompsonQB11/11/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Iowa Statequestionablefoot
D.J. WardDE08/13/2013is out indefinitelyoutsplenectomy
USA Today

 

Can Oklahoma Get Production from Blake Bell?

Nov 7, 2013; Waco, TX, USA;  Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell (10) throws a pass in warmups before the game against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium. Baylor beat Oklahoma 41-12. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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:

Bell has been a mixed bag in recent weeks:

Blake Bell Last Five Games
OPPCMP ATT YDS CMP%TDINT
TCU20 31 152 64.5 00
@Texas12 26 133 46.202
@Kansas15 25 131 60.0 21
Texas Tech14 22 249 63.6 20
@Baylor15 35 150 42.912
ESPN

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.

 

Prediction

Oct 19, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Damien Williams (26) celebrates with offensive linesman Bronson Irwin (68) after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Oklahoma won the game 3
John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

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.

 

Final Score 

Sooners win 35-17

 

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