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We're a bit late, but it's time for our first look at the 2015 Iowa State Cyclones

Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports
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2/2 BAYLOR (6–0, 3–0) vs. NR/NR Iowa State (2–4, 1–2)
Oct. 24, 2015 | 11 a.m. CT
Waco, Texas | McLane Stadium (45,140)

TV: ESPN
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OPPONENT: Iowa State Cyclones
ODB GAME HUB: Baylor Bears vs. Iowa State Cyclones 2015
MEET THE PRESS: Baylor vs. ISU
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.cyclones.com
MEDIA GUIDE: 2015 ISU Football Media Guide (Click here for roster)
LAST MEETING: 49–21 Baylor | ODB Game Hub
LAST GAME: L; 45–21 TCU
SB NATION BLOG: Wide Right & Natty Light, at right
SPREAD: Baylor –37 (Open: Baylor –37)
TV COVERAGE: ABC/ESPN2, 11:00 a.m. CDT
WEATHER FORECAST: Rainy with a high of 76°, SSW winds 5–10mph (wunderground puts game time temp at 73°)

SBNation.com ISU Preview
baylorbears.com Preview
Bears vs. Mountaineers Coverage

Stripe McLane Efforts

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Homecoming Game against Iowa State is another Stripeout for McLane Stadium. It’s not the same as last year, though, so you’ll want to check out the handy guide in the tweet linked above.

That’s some good information right there, especially since you’re doing to need it to buy some appropriately colored rain gear because…

MONSOOOOOOOOOOOOOON

I’ve been watching this map very closely all week long, and the only real fluctuation at game time is just how high the percentage chance of rain goes. It’s never dipped below 60%, and it’s been as high as 90%. My main purpose for watching it has been to make a determination on parade attendance. It’s a family tradition to bring the girls up for the parade and let them enjoy it. Sadly, the weather will quite literally rain on our parade.

At any rate, get your rain gear ready for this one, folks. It’s going to be wet. It looks like there might be some chance of thunderstorms and, of course, delays as a result, but speaking with the Baylor Weatherman on Twitter, he said that while it’s something to watch, they don’t anticipate it being too much of a disruption. We’ll see.

As far as green/gold rain gear, I know that the Bookstore and Fan Shops always keep gold ponchos in stock, but I don’t know about green ones. If anyone has good suggestions for green/gold rain gear, please add them to the comments!

ISU Cyclones 2015 Schedule

September

UNI Panthers

Saturday, September 05 2015 win 31–7 coverage

Iowa Hawkeyes

Saturday, September 12 2015 loss 17–31 coverage
@ Toledo Rockets Saturday, September 19 2015 loss 23–30 coverage
October

Kansas Jayhawks

Saturday, October 03 2015 win 38–13 coverage
@ Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday, October 10 2015 loss 31–66 coverage

TCU Horned Frogs

Saturday, October 17 2015 loss 21–45 coverage
@ Baylor Bears Saturday, October 24 2015 12:00 PM EDT coverage

Texas Longhorns

Saturday, October 31 2015 7:00 PM EDT coverage
November
@ Oklahoma Sooners Friday, November 06 2015 7:00 PM EST coverage

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Friday, November 13 2015 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ Kansas State Wildcats Friday, November 20 2015 7:00 PM EST coverage
@ West Virginia Mountaineers Friday, November 27 2015 7:00 PM EST coverage

The ’Clones are 2–4 heading into the meat of their schedule; getting another win out of the final 6 games of the season may be a tall order for them. It’s unfortunate, really, because I can say pretty safely that HC Paul Rhoads is universally respected as a good head coach and an all-around excellent human being. But I digress. They looked incredibly sharp in the first quarter of their last game against TCU, even leading the game 21–14 at one point, but the Frogs held them scoreless the rest of the way, eventually taking out Iowa State 49–21.

ISU Cyclones 2015 Individual Stats

Quarterbacks

Passing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
1 Sam B. Richardson 124 200 62.0 1408 7.0 6.5 8 6 128.3
2 Joel Lanning 7 11 63.6 120 10.9 12.7 1 0 185.3
3 Holden Kramer 1 1 100.0 21 21.0 21.0 0 0 276.4

QB Sam B. Richardson is in his 16th season of eligibility (maaaaybe a stretch), and has taken the vast majority of snaps for the ’Clones. That being said, Joel Lanning got some reps behind center against TCU. And by some, I mean two: a 1-yard designed run, and a 77-yard TD pass. He was done after that. That said, Paul Rhoads went on record this week in saying that we will see more of Lanning this week in Waco. Whether that means 3 snaps, a full quarter or he’s the starter remains to be seen.

Rushing & Receiving Stats

Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Rk Player Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1 Mike Warren 93 652 7.0 3 6 24 4.0 0 99 676 6.8 3
2 Sam B. Richardson 42 23 0.5 1 42 23 0.5 1
3 Joshua Thomas 36 117 3.3 4 2 5 2.5 0 38 122 3.2 4
4 Tyler Brown 24 94 3.9 0 4 24 6.0 0 28 118 4.2 0
5 Joel Lanning 14 56 4.0 1 1 9 9.0 0 15 65 4.3 1
6 Trever Ryen 10 43 4.3 1 8 96 12.0 0 18 139 7.7 1
7 Mitchell Harger 5 29 5.8 0 1 21 21.0 0 6 50 8.3 0
8 Jauan Wesley 2 11 5.5 0 16 197 12.3 1 18 208 11.6 1
9 Allen Lazard 29 406 14.0 3 29 406 14.0 3
10 Quenton Bundrage 21 264 12.6 2 21 264 12.6 2
11 Dondre Daley 20 184 9.2 1 20 184 9.2 1
12 D’Vario Montgomery 16 253 15.8 2 16 253 15.8 2
13 Ben Boesen 3 16 5.3 0 3 16 5.3 0
14 Carson Epps 3 12 4.0 0 3 12 4.0 0
15 Justin Chandler 1 30 30.0 0 1 30 30.0 0
16 Darius Lee-Campbell 1 8 8.0 0 1 8 8.0 0

The man to really pay attention to here is Sophomore Allen Lazard. He’s a legit receiving talent, and was the recipient of that 77-yard TD pass I talked about earlier. In the brief time that I watched their game against TCU on Saturday, I saw him make several catches in impressive fashion. Here’s what the folks at WRNL had to say about him following that game:

I keep coming back to Allen Lazard. He’s just a sophomore, and the man is becoming basically un-coverable. At 6–5, Lazard should receive at least a glance on every passing down, and hopefully that’s something Sam Richardson and/or Joel Lanning are beginning to take to heart. With just 18 career games under his belt, he’s hauled in 74 passes for 999 yards and 6 TD, putting him on pace for a program record for receptions, 3rd all-time in receiving yards and 2nd all-time in receiving touchdowns.

Given the weather forecast, though, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cyclones try to rely more on their run game. On that side of the ball, where Mike Warren is the workhorse of the rushing attack. WRNL seemed pleased with a 50–50 split between rushing and passing last weekend in the article I linked, but Rhoads wished that they had run the ball more against TCU. We’ll see if they try that more against Baylor on Saturday.

2015 Iowa State Cyclones Team Stats and Rankings

Statistic National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value National Leader Value Conference
Leader
Value
3rd Down Conv Pct 72 9 0.389 TCU 0.558 TCU 0.558
3rd Down Defense 117 8 0.489 Michigan 0.196 West Virginia 0.282
4th Down Conv Pct 82 7 0.455 4 teams tied 1.000 Oklahoma St.
Kansas St.
1.000
1.000
4th Down Defense 11 1 0.250 North Carolina St. 0.000 Iowa St. 0.250
Blocked Kicks Indiana 4 5 teams tied 1
Blocked Kicks Allowed 52 6 1 51 teams tied 0 5 teams tied 0
Blocked Punts Ga. Southern 3
Blocked Punts Allowed 85 10 1 84 teams tied 0 9 teams tied 0
Completion Percentage 44 6 0.623 Western Ky. 0.745 Oklahoma 0.676
Defensive TDs Arkansas St.
Buffalo
Alabama
4
4
4
Texas
Oklahoma St.
3
3
Fewest Penalties 45 3 37 Georgia Tech 21 Kansas 32
Fewest Penalties/Game 60 3 6.17 Georgia Tech 3.00 Kansas 5.33
Fewest Penalty Yards 39 2 316 Georgia Tech
Navy
202
202
Kansas St. 284
Fewest Penalty YPG 52 2 52.67 Georgia Tech 28.86 Kansas St. 47.33
First Downs Defense 73 6 132 Duke 79 Oklahoma St. 109
First Downs Offense 82 7 127 Bowling Green 211 TCU 204
Fumbles Lost 68 7 5 UCLA 0 TCU 2
Fumbles Recovered 52 7 4 Utah St. 10 Oklahoma St. 8
Kickoff Return Defense 16 1 17.52 Ga. Southern 14.55 Iowa St. 17.52
Kickoff Returns 109 9 18.17 Tennessee 37.25 West Virginia 25.26
Net Punting 87 8 36.07 Baylor 45.33 Baylor 45.33
Passes Had Intercepted 62 7 6 Mississippi St.
Florida St.
LSU
0
0
0
Texas 2
Passes Intercepted 118 10 2 Arkansas St. 15 West Virginia 13
Passing Offense 37 7 258.2 Bowling Green 432.0 Texas Tech 426.9
Passing Yards Allowed 113 7 289.7 San Jose St. 121.0 Oklahoma 152.2
Passing YPC 84 9 11.73 Army West Point 22.84 Baylor 17.67
Punt Return Defense 73 10 9.00 Northwestern –1.60 Baylor 1.00
Punt Returns 7 2 18.85 Virginia
Texas St.
26.00
26.00
Texas 21.40
Red Zone Defense 77 8 0.850 Appalachian St. 0.214 Oklahoma St. 0.765
Red Zone Offense (127 ranked) 119 9 0.720 Idaho 1.000 Oklahoma St. 0.966
Rushing Defense (127 ranked) 74 6 172.2 Boston College 51.7 Kansas St. 126.3
Rushing Offense 66 6 170.0 Ga. Southern 399.0 Baylor 348.7
Sacks Allowed 109 7 3.00 Air Force
Toledo
0.00
0.00
TCU 0.71
Scoring Defense 95 7 32.0 Michigan 9.3 Oklahoma 18.8
Scoring Offense 81 8 26.8 Baylor 63.8 Baylor 63.8
Tackles for Loss Allowed 62 4 6.00 Toledo 2.67 TCU 3.71
Team Passing Efficiency 65 7 131.99 Baylor 215.04 Baylor 215.04
Passing Eff Defense 116 8 154.58 Michigan 85.43 Oklahoma 99.48
Team Sacks 32 4 2.67 Oklahoma St. 4.17 Oklahoma St. 4.17
Team Tackles for Loss 45 5 6.7 Arizona St. 9.9 Oklahoma St. 9.8
Time of Possession 44 3 31:09 NC St. 36:07 Kansas St. 32:38
Total Defense 111 7 461.8 Boston College 196.3 Oklahoma 321.7
Total Offense 49 7 428.2 Baylor 719.7 Baylor 719.7
Turnover Margin 106 10 –0.83 Miami (FL) 2.17 Baylor
Texas
1.00
1.00
Turnovers Gained 111 10 6 California 21 West Virginia 16
Turnovers Lost 77 9 11 Florida St. 1 Texas 5
Winning Percentage 93 8 0.333 14 teams tied 1.000 Baylor
Oklahoma St.
TCU
1.000
1.000
1.000

It’s Question Time!

FIRST: Homecoming! I’m sure we’ve asked this before, but I’ve forgotten your answer. Give us your favorite Homecoming tradition.
SECOND: How is the rain affecting your Homecoming plans, if at all?
THIRD: How do you think the rain impacts the Bears’ offense?
FOURTH: Uniform prediction. And how do you think that the 11:00 a.m. start time impacts this determination? Gimme.