There are quite a few big conference games today that have top 25 teams squaring off. That’s just the case in the Big 12 when #15 Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-2 Overall, 4-2 Big 12) visits #21 Iowa State Cyclones (6-3 Overall, 4-2 Big 12) for a noon kickoff. Our Oklahoma State plays Iowa State 2017 college football free pick has the Cowboys at -6.5 and the over/under at 60.5.
Oklahoma State – Pluses and Minuses
OKST has a good offense, averaging 45.3 PPG, and a decent but not overpowering defense that’s allowing 28.6 PPG. The Cowboys are good for on average 579.4 YPG on offense. But they’re allowing opponents 405.6 YPG. QB Mason Rudolph has 27 passing touchdowns and seven rushing scores. James Washington leads all Cowboy receivers with 53 catches, 1,133 yards, and nine scoring receptions. RB Justice Hill has over 1,000 yards and 5.9 YPA. He scored nine TDs.
- Offense can score in bunches
- D can give up big plays
- QB Rudolph is key to win
Iowa State – Pluses and Minuses
The Iowa State D is tough, as they’re allowing opponents 18.9 PPG. At the same time, they’re scoring on average 30.6 PPG. Iowa State’s 378.4 YPG of offense is 200 yards below that of OKST’s. Senior QB Kyle Kempt has completed 67% of his passes and has nine TD passes while Allen Lazard leads all Cyclone receivers with 44 catches with six going for TDs. RB David Montgomery has gained 831 yards on 182 rushes. He has eight rushing TDs. Iowa State will try to keep up with Oklahoma State’s output.
- QB Kempt and WR Lazard will score some points
- Solid D can keep team in game
- RB Montgomery has to be effective to win
Three Top Takeaways
Our Oklahoma State plays Iowa State 2017 college football free pick three top takeaways are:
- QB vs. QB, edge to Cowboys
- RB vs. RB, edge to Cowboys
- Defense vs. Defense, edge goes to Cyclones
Our Free Pick- Cowboys at Cyclones
Both teams are 4-1 for their last five and both teams lost their last game. The Cowboys lost last week to Oklahoma 62-52, while the Cyclones lost to West Virginia 20-16. We think that the expansive Cowboy offense will break through the very tough and determined Cyclone defense numerous times. Simultaneously, Iowa State will score today. We do expect quite a few points on the scoreboard. Our Oklahoma State plays Iowa State 2017 college football free pick is the over at 60.5 and Oklahoma State at -6.5.