Corey DeMoss, News9.com
No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners (8-2, 5-2) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (6-4, 3-4)11:00 a.m. CSTOklahoma Memorial Stadium; Norman, Oklahoma
Where to find it:On TV: FXOn Radio: Sooner Radio Network
Oklahoma: WR Jaz Reynolds (shoulder, questionable); S Javon Harris (ankle, questionable); OL Stephen Good (personal, doubtful); K Jimmy Stevens (quadriceps, questionable); RB Dominique Whaley (ankle, out for season); WR Ryan Broyles (knee, out for season)
Iowa State: WR Josh Lenz (leg, questionable); WR Albert Gary (personal, questionable); OL Ethan Tuftee (knee, questionable); OL Brayden Burris (leg, questionable); OL Shaban Dika (knee, out indefinitely); RB Shontrelle Johnson (neck, out for season); WR Donnie Jennert (academics, out for season); DE Roosevelt Maggitt (knee, out for season); QB Jerome Tiller (academics, out for season); DB Earl Brooks (knee, out for season); TE Ricky Howard (knee, out for season)
What you need to know…
This matchup suddenly looks much more interesting than it did last week. OU suffered its second upset loss of the season against Baylor Saturday, while Iowa State recorded the biggest win in school history by upsetting No. 2 Oklahoma State.
The teams are moving in opposite directions lately, with OU losing two of its last four and Iowa State winning its last three straight. The Sooners' BCS Championship hopes are now gone and they will also have to prepare for an 11:00 a.m. game, so they need to avoid coming out flat.
Who you need to watch…
The Sooners' two losses can largely be blamed on the secondary's inability to contain the passing games of Texas Tech and Baylor. The cornerbacks and safeties have had trouble keeping receivers in front of them at times, allowing opponents to put up yards in bunches.
Iowa State's passing game is not as dangerous as Tech's or Baylor's, but freshman Jared Barnett is 3-0 as a starter since taking over for the benched Steele Jantz. He led ISU to a 41-7 blowout of Texas Tech the week after the Red Raiders beat Oklahoma, and he threw for 376 yards against Oklahoma State.
But while Barnett has looked impressive in his first three starts, he also has struggled with his decision making at times. He has thrown three interceptions in the last two weeks, so OU will need to get pressure on him and force him into making poor throws.
That was the same goal the Sooners against Baylor's Robert Griffin, and they failed to accomplish it. OU will need a complete defensive effort this time around if it wants to keep its hopes of a Big 12 championship alive.