Iowa State at Oklahoma: 11/20/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Oklahoma Sooners (9-1) vs Iowa State Cyclones (6-4)
Game Info: Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium)
Betting Odds: Oklahoma Sooners -3.5 -- Over/Under: 59.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Iowa State Cyclones will travel to Memorial Stadium (Norman, OK) to take on the 13th ranked Oklahoma Sooners this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Iowa State Cyclones dropped to 6-4 on the season after being defeated by the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 41-38, this past Saturday. Iowa State was able to fight back from a 31-14 halftime deficit to tie the game at 38-all with just a minute left in regulation, however, the Red Raiders were able to pull off the upset victory after Jonathan Garibay hit an incredible game-winning 62-yard FG as time expired. Iowa State was outgained by Texas Tech by a 529-445 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Cyclones was QB Brock Purdy who completed 32 of 42 passes for 356 yards, 3 TD, & 2 INT.
On the season, Iowa State is averaging 32.5 ppg on 434.7 total yards per game (265.4 passing yds/g; 169.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Iowa State has been led by RB Breece Hall who has rushed for 1172 yards & 16 TD on 216 carries while also hauling in 31 receptions for 246 yards & 2 TD. QB Brock Purdy has completed 73.4% of his passes for 2441 yards, 15 TD, & 6 INT while also rushing for 273 yards & 1 TD. The top receiving threats for the Cyclones have been Xavier Hutchinson (68 rec, 798 yards, 5 TD), Charlie Kolar (41 rec, 506 yards, 4 TD), & Tarique Milton (15 rec, 278 yards, 3 TD).
Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 20.5 ppg on 306.6 total yards per game (194.2 passing yds/g; 112.4 rushing yds/g).
The Oklahoma Sooners dropped to 9-1 on the season after being defeated by the 13th ranked Baylor Bears, 24-17, this past Saturday. Oklahoma raced out to an early 7-0 lead against Baylor, however, the offense struggled the rest of the way, and the Sooners could not fight back after a 14-yard TD run by the Baylor’s Gerry Bohanon gave the Bears a 24-7 lead with 3:57 left in the 4th quarter. Oklahoma was outgained by Baylor by a 414-260 margin and committed 2 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Sooners was Kennedy Brooks who rushed for 55 yards & 1 TD on 14 carries.
On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 40.0 ppg on 455.3 total yards per game (283.5 passing yds/g; 171.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Oklahoma has used multiple QB’s this season with Caleb Williams (68.5 Comp %, 1331 yards, 14 TD, 3 INT; 41 att, 298 yards, 5 TD) & Spencer Rattler (74.7 Comp %, 1474 yards, 11 TD, 5 INT). Caleb Williams has started since the Sooners come back vs. Texas and we must at this point assume he is still the starter going forward, however, Rattler did see a few series against Baylor last week. The top receiving threats for the Sooners have been Marvin Mims (28 rec, 622 yards, 4 TD), Jadon Haselwood (35 rec, 367 yards, 6 TD), Michael Woods II (29 rec, 347 yards, 2 TD), & Mario Williams (29 rec, 319 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the Sooners backfield has been Kennedy Brooks who has 857 rushing yards & 10 TD on 145 carries.
Defensively, Oklahoma is holding their opponents to an average of 24.5 ppg on 386.9 total yards per game (257.3 passing yds/g; 129.6 rushing yds/g).
The Cyclones are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss. The Sooners are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss, however, are just 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 November games.
Oklahoma is averaging over 40.0 ppg, however, this offense has struggled at times this season and I think they are once again to have trouble putting up many points against an Iowa State defense that comes into this game ranked 24th in scoring defense. Oklahoma’s defense has been hurt by strong opposing rushing attacks this season and as I think that Breece Hall and Brock Purdy will have plenty of success in this one, I think the play here is to take Iowa State and the points. Good Luck!