The Iowa State Cyclones and the Oklahoma Sooners have had some time off and are no doubt ready to hit the field. Iowa State and Oklahoma will face off in a Big 12 battle at noon ET Saturday at AT&T Stadium. These two teams come into the game bolstered by wins in their previous games.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 12 p.m. ET
- Where: AT&T Stadium — Arlington, Texas
- TV: ABC
- Online streaming: WATCH FREE HERE
Today they will go up against the Volunteers and will likely walk away the winners. If Texas A&M wins today and other games go in their favor, they will have a good idea of their upcoming bowl game.
The Volunteers are 3-6 overall and 1-3 at home, while A&M is 7-1 overall and 3-1 on the road. It’s just the fourth time these two programs have met and Tennessee has won two of the first three head-to-head mathups.
However, it was Texas A&M who won in the only SEC meeting thus far back in 2016. The Aggies are favored by 14-points in the latest Texas A&M vs. Tennessee odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 51. Before entering any Tennessee vs. Texas A&M.
While the game doesn’t have an SEC title on the line, the outcome could have significant College Football Playoff ramifications. Texas A&M, currently the No. 5 team in the nation according to the playoff committee’s rankings, has numerous paths to a top-4 finish to the regular season and a chance to compete for a national title. However all of those paths require the Aggies to take care of business against the Volunteers on Saturday.
Meanwhile Tennessee has its own issues to contend with as its 2020 season concludes. Months after signing head coach Jeremy Pruitt to an extension, the program appears headed in the wrong direction. The Volunteers went on a six-game losing streak in the middle of its schedule, ending the skid against a Vanderbilt program that had already fired its head coach.
It remains unclear whether Tennessee will give Pruitt another season. The recency of the extension probably helps his case, but a strong performance against A&M would go a long way toward quieting his loudest critics until 2021.
The Oklahoma Sooners make their fourth consecutive appearance in the Big 12 title game for a rematch with the Iowa State Cyclones. Iowa State won the first showdown between the two programs back in October by completing a stunning fourth-quarter comeback in Ames.
Currently ranked No. 10 by the College Football Playoff committee, Oklahoma does not appear to have a path to a national title this season. The Sooners lost two games early in the season while freshman signal-caller Spencer Rattler dealt with growing pains. Since then, the offense has largely returned to its customary level of dominance. While that won’t save Oklahoma’s title hopes for this season, it does bode well for future years.
Conversely, Iowa State has positioned itself for its first College Football Playoff appearance if a few things break right elsewhere this week. The Cyclones currently rank sixth in the nation and, with a win over the highly rated Sooners, could conceivably jump into the top four with little more than an Ohio State or Clemson loss.
Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The Big 12 Championship
If Texas A&M loses to Tennessee, and Notre Dame rocks Clemson, and Northwestern beats Ohio State, and the winner in this Big 12 Championship destroys the loser, and …
Nah. Don’t get all tied up in that – no matter what the narrative is during the broadcast – and just enjoy what should be another great game between the two.
Iowa State won the first time around 37-30 with a good late rally that was almost dead even. Iowa State outgained OU 417 yards to 414. They each committed nine penalties, turned it over once, and it ended up being one of the best games of the Big 12 season.
The program has never won a Big 6 title, it never won a Big 7 title, and it never won a Big 8 or Big 12 championship, either.
Iowa State football started in the 1890s and first joined a league in 1908, and now it has a chance to win its first ever outright, all-to-itself, no-splitsies conference championship and go off to – most likely – the Cotton Bowl. For a team that started off the year with a 31-14 loss Louisiana and was 3-2, the Cyclones are one win away from the dream season.
Remembering there’s a six-year break in there, since 2000, Oklahoma has won ten of the last 14 Big 12 Championship Games including the last four and five of the last six. Throw in the non-title game years, and IU has won five Big 12 titles in a row.
Out of the four it lost, two were won by 2005 and 2009 Texas teams that played for the national title, one was won by a 2001 Colorado team that kept Texas out of the national championship, and the other was a stunning 35-7 Kansas State win over a 2003 Sooner team that went to play for the national championship anyway.
This one is for all the marbles. It will honestly come down to a play or two, and Iowa State needs to hold serve on the first few possessions, and avoid falling behind early. They also need to limit any and all special teams mistakes, and shut down those deep passing lanes. I expect our best players to show up, but it will be the second- and third-tier guys who will go down as heroes if we want to win.