Iowa State and Baylor will meet in Waco, Texas, on Saturday, November 18, for the Cyclones’ penultimate game of the regular season.
Iowa State coach Matt Campbell has put his program on the map this season, but the Cyclones have suffered 2 consecutive losses since beating then-No. 4 TCU at Jack Trice Stadium on Oct. 28. Baylor is 1-9 this season, giving Iowa State a solid chance to pick up its seventh win of the year before its regular-season finale at Kansas State.
Baylor leads the all-time series 9-6, and has won four consecutive years over Iowa State. The Cyclones’ last win over the Bears was in 2012 — 35-21 in Ames, Iowa.
Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below:
Iowa State-Baylor game time, details
Time: 1:30 p.m. CT
Date: November 18, 2017
Location: McLane Stadium, Waco, Texas
Odds: Iowa State is a 10-point favorite; the O/U is 51
Which TV channel is Iowa State-Baylor on?
Iowa State and Baylor can be viewed on FSN. Click here to find your regional FOX Sports channel.
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Iowa State-Baylor keys to the game
1. Run the ball
Baylor hasn’t been this bad record-wise in quite some time. Some would argue the Bears are better than their record would indicate. One thing is certain, however. Iowa State should be able to run on the Bears. Baylor ranks last in the conference in run defense, and Iowa State has the Big 12’s second-leading rusher in David Montgomery. If quarterback Kyle Kempt isn’t up to speed, the Cyclones might have to rely more on their ground game to get the job done in Waco.
2. Bring the pressure
Iowa State’s defense is one of the best in the conference. The Cyclones showed that when they were able to stop Oklahoma on the road and TCU two weeks ago. Baylor doesn’t have the world-class offense it once had, and the Bears are giving up plenty of sacks this season. Iowa State needs to put the pressure on Baylor and stay aggressive in this game. No one plays grittier than the Cyclones, but Baylor coach Matt Rhule knows a thing or two about being physical. Iowa State cannot let Baylor win in that department.
3. Win the turnover battle
This one shouldn’t be much of an issue. Iowa State has a knack for creating opportunities, while Baylor hasn’t this season. The Bears have intercepted only 3 passes this season, a league low. In a league where passing is king, it’d be safe to assume every secondary would have ample opportunity to create takeaways. But that hasn’t been the case for the Bears. Iowa State needs to take care of the ball, which it has done well this year. But it also needs to force takeaways against a team that hasn’t excelled in the turnover margin this season.