Baylor has continued do what everyone expected, to put up massive numbers offensively and simply outscore everyone they play.
Iowa State has also been exactly who everyone thought they would be. They are winning the games they are expected to win. Sitting at 2-4 overall the Cyclones will need to upset some teams down the stretch to become bowl eligible. Unfortunately that doesn’t start this weekend against the Bears.
Iowa State at Baylor
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET (Saturday)
TV Channel: ESPN
Spread: Baylor -37
Three Things to Watch
1. Iowa State’s Mike Warren
The Cyclones' freshman running back has been the bright stop in Ames this season. After playing sparingly in the first two games of the season, Warren has put up some impressive numbers, including a 245-yard rushing performance against Texas Tech. TCU shut him down last week, giving up just 88 yards on 22 carries, easily his worst game in the last month.
If the Cyclones want to keep the score down in this game they will have to control the ball. Warren will be the biggest part of that. Baylor will give up some rushing yards defensively. Warren may see the most carries he’s seen all season this Saturday.
2. Baylor’s Corey Coleman
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen called Coleman the “best player in college football” after his three-touchdown performance against the Mountaineers last week. All he has done is set the Bears' single-season touchdown record in only six games.
He has become Seth Russell’s go-to receiver and for good reason. Coleman has been getting better each game. His lowest receiving output of the season was 100 yards on six catches against Rice. He still managed three touchdowns in that game though.
3. Iowa State can move the ball
The Bears have given up at least 31 points in three of their first six games this season, the exceptions being Rice, SMU, and Kansas. Iowa State, although struggling to finish games, is just like every other Big 12 team, they can rack up the yards on offense.
Despite losing by 24 last week to TCU, the Cyclones were in that game much longer than many had expected. They ended the day with 461 total yards, and that was with a subpar performance by their star tailback.
I’m not saying the Cyclones will stay in this ballgame much past halftime but don’t expect them to be shut out either.
Baylor is just too good. Despite the Bears' defensive tendencies to give up yards no one can keep up with their offense. The amount of firepower on the Baylor offense is impressive and that is probably an understatement.
Iowa State will look good early, much like they have in every game this season. Mike Warren will have a good game and Sam Richardson will be able to move the ball through the air. Unfortunately the Cyclones would have to put together the best offensive performance they’ve had in years to have a chance in this game.
You can’t stop the Bears; you can only hope to contain them. The problem is containing them for 4 quarters is next to impossible.
Prediction: Baylor 60, Iowa State 20
— Written by Jeremy Simon, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and editor-in-chief of BlueGoldSports.com, a must visit for any and all West Virginia Mountaineer fans. Follow BlueGoldSports.com on Twitter @Blue_GoldSports.