WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

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The Sports Xchange

September 12, 2018 at 9:19 am.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

–QB Zeb Noland is the best bet to get most of the playing time if Kyle Kempt is out with his injured knee. He’s not quite as untested as Kempt was a year ago, but it’s close. How he responds will determine whether Iowa State has a realistic chance at a second consecutive upset of the Sooners.

–OL Julian-Good Jones started at center against Iowa, but he may be moved back to left tackle this week. The Hawkeyes went with a veteran offensive line in the opener but struggled to win at the line of scrimmage. Because of that, it’s likely that Jones will see more time at the more pivotal left tackle slot and insert Colin Newell into the lineup at center.

–LB Mike Rose didn’t look or play like a freshman against Iowa, leading the team with 11 tackles in his debut. Oklahoma’s offense is a sterner test, but the Cyclones defense was strong against the Hawkeyes and the success of Rose only adds to the team’s capabilities.

–P Corey Dunn didn’t exactly have the strongest start to his Cyclone career, with punts of 14 and 13 yards against the Hawkeyes. The coaching staff didn’t appear to be worried about it, but Iowa State isn’t a team that can afford to give away chunks of yards in the field position battle. Both flubbed kicks were on rugby-style punts, and while the coaching staff likes that style in certain circumstances, don’t expect to see much more of that if they continue to be unsuccessful.

SERIES HISTORY: Oklahoma leads Iowa State 76-6-2. But the Cyclones enter the weekend with bragging rights, thanks to the team’s 38-31 upset of the Sooners on the road a year ago.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We had newbies playing in there and they played well, but as the same time you have to get reps with them and I think that’s what the Iowa game helped.” — Offensive lineman Bryce Meeker, in the Ames Tribune, on how the line’s struggles against Iowa could lead to an improved performance against Oklahoma.