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)
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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°)
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…
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
|Saturday, September 05 2015||win 31–7||coverage|
|Saturday, September 12 2015||loss 17–31||coverage|
|@ Toledo Rockets||Saturday, September 19 2015||loss 23–30||coverage|
|Saturday, October 03 2015||win 38–13||coverage|
|@ Texas Tech Red Raiders||Saturday, October 10 2015||loss 31–66||coverage|
|Saturday, October 17 2015||loss 21–45||coverage|
|@ Baylor Bears||Saturday, October 24 2015||12:00 PM EDT||coverage|
|Saturday, October 31 2015||7:00 PM EDT||coverage|
|@ Oklahoma Sooners||Friday, November 06 2015||7:00 PM EST||coverage|
|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
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
|2||Sam B. Richardson||42||23||0.5||1||42||23||0.5||1|
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
|Value||National Leader||Value||Conference |
|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.
|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.
|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
|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 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|
|Passes Had Intercepted||62||7||6||Mississippi St.
|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|
|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
|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|
|Turnover Margin||106||10||–0.83||Miami (FL)||2.17||Baylor
|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
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.