AMES, IA, Sporting Alert – The 14th ranked Oklahoma start heavy favourite to beat Iowa State in a college football fixture at Jack Trice Stadium here in Ames on Thursday night.
The Sooners (6-2) hold an overwhelming 89 percent chance to win on the road tonight, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index, while Vegas is backing the men from Norman as 20.5 point favourites.
Oklahoma comes into this battle on a five-game winning streak and is 5-0 in Big 12 conference play.
Bob Stoops’ men have won 17 straight in the series, including last season when they ran away 52-16 and in 2014 when they outscored the Cyclones 59-14.
Overall, Oklahoma also owns a 73-5-2 all-time record in this series and is 34-2-1 against the Cyclones in Ames.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Dede Westbrook were very productive in the month of October and the pair will be hoping to extend their impressive form in what is expected to be a very important month of November.
Mayfield enters this game with 2584 throwing yards and 27 touchdown passes so far, with 20 of those coming in October.
Westbrook has also padded his stats last month, taking 11 touchdown catches with 881 receiving yards for Oklahoma in the unbeaten run.
The Sooners, however, will be without sophomore running back Joe Mixon, who is suspended for this game.
According to Stoops, Mixon will miss the game for violating team rules, coach Stoops said.
“OU sets very high standards and they must be met by all of our student-athletes,” said Stoops on www.soonersports.com
Mixon added: “I regret that I did not respond appropriately to parking attendants and understand and accept the consequences.”
He is the leading rusher for Oklahoma with 813 yards and five touchdowns on 119 carries.
In the 66-59 victory at Texas Tech two weeks ago, Mixon became the first Sooners running back to catch three touchdown passes in a game.
He accounted for five TDs overall in that win.
With Mixon suspended and Samaje Perine still recovering from a muscle problem, Oklahoma heads to Iowa State banking on true freshman Abdul Adams to do most of the running.