By the Numbers
Iowa State ranks 9th in the conference in offensive yards per game (349.7) and 10th in points per game (22.3). Oklahoma's defense ranks 6th in yards allowed per game (304.2) and 9th in scoring defense allowing 19.8 points per game.
The Cyclones passing game is the strength of their offense. They rank 4th in the conference in yards per game (246) but they have only thrown eight touchdowns to five interceptions this season.
On the other side of the ball Oklahoma's pass defense has actually put up some good numbers despite all the criticism they have received recently. The Sooners are first in the conference in total passing yards allowed (873) and yards allowed per game (174.6). OU has given up six touchdowns through the air to four interceptions.
Iowa State's rushing attack is on the other end of the spectrum. The Cyclones are 10th in the conference in rushing yards per game (103.7). Not because of talent, Stevie Hicks averages 4.6 yards a carry, but because ISU is a pass first offense.
Attacking Oklahoma on the ground may be the best way to move the ball on them. OU is 10th in the conference in rushing yards allowed per game (129.6). While the Cyclones typically look to the air first running the ball will be their best shot both moving the ball and the clock.
What to Expect
Football coaches are arrogant and stubborn and they go with what they are used to doing and are comfortable with sometimes instead of what works best. I expect the Cyclones to come out throwing the ball on Saturday and then get stuck throwing because they are playing from behind.
It goes without saying that Oklahoma's defense is crucial to the Sooners winning this game. Oklahoma shouldn't have a problem scoring against the Cyclones but if they have a problem keeping Iowa State out of the end zone and this turns into a shootout then OU could be in trouble.
Don't expect that! The Oklahoma defense will be able to handle ISU's offense and keep the game under control. Look for a couple of blitzing schemes using safeties and linebackers and from the Sooner defense as well as coverage disguises in an attempt to confuse Bret Meyer.