It may not be the headlining matchup in the Big 12 in Week 11, but No. 15 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Iowa State is one of seven ranked matchups across the college football landscape on Saturday.
The stakes may not be quite as high as they are elsewhere, such as the much-anticipated showdown in Norman, Okla., but the Cowboys and Cyclones will do battle in hopes of avoiding their first two-game losing streak of the season and falling completely out of the Big 12 title discussion. Will it be Oklahoma State that bounces back after a heartbreaking Week 10 loss to Oklahoma, or will Iowa State notch its third ranked win of the season for the first time in school history?
The ESPN College GameDay crew picked in favor of the former proving true, with Desmond Howard, Lee Corso and celebrity guest picker Alex Rodriguez picking Oklahoma State. Kirk Herbstreit sided with the Cyclones.
Recent history says this matchup won’t end well for the Cyclones. Oklahoma State has won each of the previous five meetings and seven of the last eight, although the Pokes two most recent wins have each come by single digits. This time around, Iowa State is better than it has been in recent memory, as evident by its wins over then-No. 3 Oklahoma and then-No. 4 TCU, but do the Cyclones have enough in the tank to make history with a third ranked win?
ESPN’s FPI doesn’t project that to prove true, with the Cowboys owning a 64 percent win probability, which aligns with the expectations from the College GameDay crew.
The Cowboys and Cyclones will kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on FOX or ESPN2.
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