Oklahoma Football: Game preview, prediction, live stream vs. Iowa State

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No. 3 Oklahoma football will host Iowa State Saturday afternoon in another conference matchup. Here is the TV schedule, preview and a prediction.

Oklahoma finds themselves ranked in the AP top-three again this week. The Sooners will take on the Cyclones out of Iowa State this Saturday in a battle that comes with a lopsided history between the two. Oklahoma leads the long-time series against the Cyclones 74-5 with a current 18-game winning streak.

Oklahoma has started out the 2017 campaign going 4-0 which includes a huge win against Ohio State back in Week 2. Much of their success can be attributed to the quarterback play from Baker Mayfield which has landed him on this years Heisman watch yet again. Lincoln Riley’s debut couldn’t have gotten off to a better start and he has had his Sooners ready to play each week.

Iowa State on the other hand sits at 2-2 with a pair of losses to respected programs in Iowa and Texas. Matt Campbell was handed the reins to the program when he took over in 2016. The Cyclones just need one more win to match their win total from last year. Even though they are sitting at .500, they are off to a promising start behind quarterback Jacob Park.

Iowa State will look for their first win against an Oklahoma team they haven’t beat since 1990. The Cyclones aren’t expected to beat the Sooners by any means, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they are able to compete for at least the first half.

Here’s how to watch Saturday’s game online:

Date: Saturday, Oct. 7
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: Norman, Okla.
Venue: Memorial Stadium
TV Info: FOX
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

Keys to Victory

Oklahoma will need to do what they have done all year, score. I look at this game as a setup game to gain confidence going into the Red River Rivalry next week when they will take on their rival Texas. The Sooners are coming off a game against Baylor where their defense struggled which forced pressure upon the offense. With that being said, Oklahoma will have no problem scoring and if they can contain Jacob Park, the game should be over early.

Iowa State is going to have to play their best game of the year if they want any shot at taking down the powerhouse in the Sooners. Their offense will have to be efficient through the air with Park being able to use his solid wide receiving core against a banged up Sooners secondary. With that, they are going to have to find a way early to put pressure on Mayfield in a hope that he will make a few mistakes. Oklahoma has a history to start off slow when playing in early games, and Iowa State has a tendency of pulling off one big upset each year.

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With all that being said, I don’t think this is a battle the Cyclones are ready to take on. After Oklahoma’s big win over the Buckeyes, this is their year to make a run for the national championship. Mayfield and the Sooners’ offense will prove to be too much for the young Cyclone defense. The Sooners will get off to a quick start scoring on their first couple drives and their second-string will get plenty of time in the second half. No true upset alert here, the Sooners will make easy work of the Cyclones in this Big12 matchup.

Final Score: Iowa State 17, Oklahoma 49