Strength of Schedule: Iowa State

Strength of Schedule: Iowa State

A late trip to Ames could be trouble for the Sooners.

The Sooners visit Iowa State late in the conference schedule – on the first day of November to be exact. The trip comes after a bye week but before at matchup with Baylor. The Cyclones are looking for their first winning season since 2009.

4. Iowa State 2013 record: 3-9

Last year vs. OU: 48-10, Oklahoma

Why this game is dangerous: Copy and paste from the Kansas breakdown, although this one could be a little tougher. It's all in how you look at it. There's two weeks for the Sooners to prepare for this one, but Baylor – possibly the biggest game of the year – looms in the following week. If new Iowa State offensive coordinator Mark Mangino can find a way to make his offense gel, then the Cyclones could be set for an upset. Players to watch: Best case scenario: Sterling Shepard goes off for double-digit catches, 100-plus yards and multiple scores. Worst case: Shepard only scores once. By this time in the season, all eyes could be on Shepard, a junior out of Oklahoma City. He has a chance to be one of the conference's top pass catchers. Prediction: It's not a stretch to say that a late score helps Oklahoma prevail in this one, but it's also not very likely. The Sooners' defense will be too dominant, especially against a team that could be in shambles on offense. The season's first and only shutout comes in Ames, Iowa – the first since last year's season opener.

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