Iowa State linebacker Marcel Spears Jr. (42) celebrates with teammates after intercepting a go in entrance of TCU broad receiver Desmon White (10) in the course of the second half of an NCAA school soccer sport, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State gained 14-7. (Charlie Neibergall/Related Press)
By Luke Meredith | AP By Luke Meredith | AP October 29 at 12:55 PM
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State will enter November in first place within the Large 12 and answerable for its personal future.
The Cyclones (6-2, Four-1) are tied with TCU (7-1, Four-1), Oklahoma (7-1, Four-1) and Oklahoma State (7-1, Four-1) after beating the Horned Frogs 14-7 on Saturday. However Iowa State has wins over each the Sooners and TCU — and the Cowboys have to go to Ames on Nov. 11.
Not dangerous for a workforce that has by no means gained the Large 12 and was picked ninth within the preseason league ballot.
“The aim has at all times been to get to November with one thing to play for,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell stated.
Though Iowa State has change into one of many nation’s most outstanding tales, the possibilities this system makes the playoff are terribly slim due to early losses to Iowa and Texas at house.
Iowa State finishes with three of its final 4 on the highway as nicely, beginning Saturday at West Virginia (5-Three, Three-2). The Cyclones play at Baylor (Zero-Eight, Zero-5) and at Kansas State (Four-Four, 2-Three) after internet hosting Oklahoma State.
That leaves the one-loss Horned Frogs, Sooners and Cowboys determined to win out and hope for some exterior chaos that might open the door for a workforce from the Large 12 — which missed the playoff a 12 months in the past — to nab one of many 4 coveted postseason spots.
Issues ought to clear up pretty shortly.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State sq. off subsequent week in Stillwater in what basically shall be an elimination sport for every program’s playoff hopes.
Ought to the Cowboys survive after which topple Iowa State on the highway, they’ll be in a powerful place to achieve the convention title sport. Oklahoma State finishes with Kansas State and Kansas at house.
“It’s been a giant sport, each within the Large 12 and on the nationwide scene, for the final a number of years,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley stated. “They’ve obtained an amazing soccer workforce.”
TCU is also answerable for its Large 12 destiny regardless of dropping to the Cyclones.
The Horned Frogs, although, will probably want some badist to achieve the playoff.
TCU fell again into the one-loss combine with the Oklahoma faculties, Notre Dame, Penn State, Clemson and others after Saturday’s defeat. However the Horned Frogs additionally get a crack on the Sooners in Norman on Nov. 11.
“We’ve nonetheless obtained an opportunity to play for a Large 12 title. Does it harm our probabilities for the playoff? In all probability,” TCU coach Gary Patterson stated Saturday.
Oklahoma might need the clearest path to the playoff of any workforce within the Large 12.
The Sooners have an enormous highway win over Large Ten East-leading Ohio State — which rallied to stun Penn State on Saturday and finish the Nittany Lions’ unbeaten streak — and its solely loss got here in opposition to the Cyclones.
Remarkably, falling to Iowa State isn’t the demerit it often is regarding the postseason.
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