Oklahoma State is trying to stay in the hunt for the Big 12 against Iowa St.
Iowa State (4-5, 1-5 Big 12) at Oklahoma State (6-3, 3-3), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST (ESPNU)
Line: Iowa State by 1 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Series record: Oklahoma State leads 33-20-3.
WHAT IS AT STAKE?
Oklahoma State still has a chance to reach the Big 12 championship game, and a win over Iowa State would help. A loss would be the third straight for a team that just a month ago was in the top 10 and aspired to win a conference title and reach the college football playoffs. The Cyclones are trying to become bowl eligible and need to win two of three with Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and TCU remaining on the schedule.
Iowa State QB Hunter Dekkers against the Oklahoma State defensive front. Dekkers ranks third in the Big 12 with 263.3 yards per game. Oklahoma State has a good defensive front that could cause them problems.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Iowa State: WR Xavier Hutchinson. He has 87 catches for 953 yards and six touchdowns this season. Oklahoma State’s pass defense ranks last in the Big 12, giving up 291.6 yards per game.
Oklahoma State: RB Dominic Richardson. He leads the Cowboys with 502 rushing yards. The team doesn’t know if Spencer Sanders will play quarterback as he battles a shoulder injury. With the passing game in an uncertain position, Richardson will likely have an important role to play. Iowa State leads the Big 12 in rushing defense, allowing just 110.6 yards per game.
FACTS AND FIGURES
Iowa State is going for its third win over Oklahoma State since 2000. … Oklahoma State has sold out four straight home games, including this one. … Iowa State is giving up an average of 6.1 points in the second half of games. … Hutchinson has at least eight catches in every game this season. … Iowa State’s Will McDonald is one sack away from tying Aaron Hunt’s Big 12 record of 34.0. … Oklahoma State Safety Jason Taylor is a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. He ranks No. 7 in the FBS in solo tackles per game.
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