With the Big 12 Conference allowing football players to return to campus for voluntary training in two weeks, the possibility of a college football season is not canceled because COVID-19 seems possible. However, things can change depending on the number of cases.
Because soccer players can return to campus in two weeks, Iowa State should be able to play its full regular season, if the university and the Big 12 Conference consider it safe to play.
If the season is played according to schedule, Iowa State can win eight or nine matches and can reach unprecedented heights.
Iowa State is likely to be one of the best teams in the Big 12 and can make the appearance of the Big 12 Championship Game for the first time.
This is because his defense (which finishes at the top of the Big 12 defense score and total defense) returns seven starters. Iowa State also returned offensive weapons to All-Big 12 Coaches Second Team junior quarterback Brock Purdy, two tight All-Big 12 ended up in senior redshirt Chase Allen and junior redshirt Charlie Kolar and sophomore All-Big 12 Coaches Second Team sophomore ran back to Breece Hall.
However, it will have some battles that are difficult to go through and need to avoid expensive upset.
So let’s look at each of the 12 Cyclone games and estimate how difficult the fight was in my opinion.
Note: The game is ranked from the most difficult to the most difficult
September 5: vs. South Dakota
In order for the Typhoon to start the season with his right foot, he must be strong against Coyote South Dakota.
In the past four seasons, South Dakota has a 1-3 record against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents, with a win against Bowling Green in 2017. In 2018, South Dakota gave the Kansas State Wildcats a chance to get its money, leading at halftime 24-12 , but will lose 27-24.
Seventeen of the 22 starters on the Coyotes list returned from the 5-7 team last season and must improve.
However, Cyclone talent should be too much for Coyote.
September 19 vs. UNLV
The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) is a rebuilding program. UNLV has won only 20 of the 60 matches in the past five seasons.
This season, they have a new head coach at Marcus Arroyo. Arroyo must lead UNLV to win three to five wins this season.
One of those victories might not be against Iowa State.
Iowa State must control this game.
October 3: in Kansas
It is still too early to know whether second-year head coach Les Miles, who won the 2007 BCS National Championship at LSU, will reverse this difficult program.
Kansas has finished at the bottom of the Big 12 over the past decade and that will probably not change in 2020.
Despite having a Pooka Williams rusher 1,000 yards, there doesn’t seem to be enough talent to keep up with Iowa State in this game.
September 26 vs Texas Tech
Texas Tech Red Raiders is almost always an offensive juggernaut and this season should be no different. Texas Tech returned three of their four wide recipients and began sophomore quarterback redshirt Alan Bowman will return to health this season.
Defensively, the Red Raiders have struggled, giving 30.3 points per match, which is the ninth of the top ten in the last 12 seasons. With the departure of All-Big 12 choice linebacker Jordyn Brooks and the safety of Douglas Coleman, the Red Raiders defense is likely to fight again.
Red Raiders finishes 4-8 but will improve and has the potential to return. Their violations must be a threat to the defense of the State of Iowa, but their defense may struggle to withstand Cyclone violations.
November 27: vs. West Virginia
Last season, West Virginia Mountain Climber was a young team with a new head coach at Neal Brown.
However, the mountaineers were competitive in Brown’s first season because they almost got a place in the bowl game (finished 5-7, had 6-6 to make the bowl game) and lost the last two of three matches this season seven points or less.
Even though there are a few questions about their running game (an average of only 2.63 yards per rush), they will get a good passing attack with returning junior midfielder Jarret Doege and a group of solid young wide receivers.
Their defense remained largely intact, with cornerback being the only place with questions heading into the season. Their defense will likely be a strength of the team.
Because of the potential to get past high-quality play and their unproven backline, West Virginia is likely to perform well at home. However, he must fight on the road against good defense.
November 7: at TCU
After winning at least 11 matches in three consecutive seasons, Texas Christian University (TCU) has played 12-13 in the last two seasons.
Six starters on the offense and five starters on defense lost to the team last season, which made a drastic improvement from their 4-8 season last year a difficult task.
TCU will be competitive in the Big 12 this year and will have to compete for bowl games. However, Iowa State’s experience puts them above TCU.
October 29: vs. The State of Kansas
Kansas State Chief Coach Chris Klieman had the best season among the four first-year coaches in the Big 12, leading Kansas State to a 8-5 record. Kansas State must have one of the better defenses in the Big 12 once again, which will keep them in most matches.
However, Kansas State lost all five offensive midfielders starting from last season and their two running backs, which are likely to cause losses in road matches against good defense teams, such as Iowa State.
This game must be a rather low rating contest that can be decided by one possession. Coming from a goodbye week, Iowa State is more likely to come out on top in this one.
November 7: vs. Baylor
Baylor has lost Head Coach Matt Rhule, broad receiver Denzel Mims and defensive tackle James Lynch to the NFL, as well as nine of the 11 top tacklers from last season.
However, Baylor returned enough talent to the offense that he had to give the defense of the Big 12 something to worry about – two defenders on their run and two of their three wide receivers.
The Baylor Defense can fight to guard violations such as in Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Iowa State. However, their offense could make them still finish in the middle of the package in the Big 12.
This game will be intense because the two teams don’t seem to like each other.
It’s like the type of game where Iowa State can’t afford to lose to reach the Big 12 Championship.
September 12: in Iowa
Iowa State Head Coach Matt Campbell hasn’t won his first win against his state rival, Iowa, in four seasons.
Iowa returns four of its five offensive linemen who started last season and have a strong receiving group back, which should provide a challenge for the State of Iowa.
While Iowa State’s offensive line only returns only two players with initial experience – junior redshirt Colin Newell and sophomore redshirt Trevor Downing – they can defend well against Iowa, because Iowa lost three starters in the defense.
This game works well because the two teams seem to match evenly.
November 14: in Texas
This game, along with those listed below, can really determine who makes it to the 12th Championship in 2020 (likely to face Oklahoma).
Texas returns a lot of talent for violations, including All-Big 12 senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who is ranked as the 63rd best NFL prospect candidate (about 240 players selected in the draft each year) in the 2021 class, according to CBS Sports.
In defense, Longhorns only lost three starters from last season’s squad who finished at the bottom of the Big 12 in permitted points and allowed yards.
Increasing (or potentially lacking) Texas defenses can make a difference in this regard.
The Cyclones haven’t won in Austin, Texas, since 2010.
October 10: in the State of Oklahoma
This fight is the first of Iowa State’s two toughest matches this season.
The Oklahoma State offense will be one of the best in the Big 12 because they returned the leading Big 12 rusher from last season, senior Chuba Hubbard, who rushed for 2,094 rushing yards and scored 21 touchdowns, and wide receiver senior Tylan Wallace, who finished fourth. in the Big 12 in receiving yards with 903 receiving yards in nine matches.
Quarterback Quarterback Sophomore is also expected to make another move after throwing for 2,065 yards passes, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
The State of Oklahoma returned almost all of its start from the 2019 team which gave 26.8 points per match to the defense, who finished fifth in the last 12.
The last five matches in this series are high scores (both teams score 30 points or more) and all have been decided by one possession. 2020 should be no different.
October 17: vs Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Sooners have won the last five Big 12 Championships and they remain the team to be defeated in the Big 12.
Oklahoma averaged 42.1 points per game, which leads the Big 12 and sixth out of 130 in the NCAA.
While talented midfielder Jalen Hurts and broad receiver CeeDee Lamb both went to the NFL, Head Coach Lincoln Riley had to replace a very talented player in the past years and has been successful.
Their offensive line will probably be the best in the Big 12 and one of the best in the NCAA, which should give new student quarterback Spencer Rattler time to find a talented recipient group.
The Oklahoma Defense must have several new pieces on the defensive line and in the back midfield, which should be utilized by the State of Iowa in Ames. However, Oklahoma offense has the talent to defeat most of the defense, possibly the State of Iowa.
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