When the Oklahoma Sooners and the Iowa St. Cyclones tangle in Ames this Saturday, the two five-win squads will jockey for bowl position. The No. 12 Sooners (5-2, 3-1 in the Big 12) are coming off a rough 30-13 loss to then-fifth-ranked Notre Dame, which snapped a run of three games where Oklahoma had been averaging 52 points. Meanwhile, the Cyclones (5-3, 2-3) earned their second Big 12 win of the season by dropping Baylor 35-21.
The Cyclones will have their hands full trying to slow down quarterback Landry Jones and the potent Sooners offense, which has averaged nearly 475 yards per game in 2012. The Oklahoma running attack has been superb, with 5.3 yards per carry and 21 touchdowns in seven games. Iowa St. will also battle the weight of history, as they haven't beaten Oklahoma since 1990 and are just 5-69-2 against the Sooners all time.