Iowa State's 100th ranked defense will face the nations #1 ranked offense this week at Baylor.
AMES, Iowa (KTIV) -
For the second straight week, Iowa State heads to Texas to play an undefeated team. Last week it was Texas Tech, this week it's number-12 Baylor. The Cyclones last three losses have been by a combined 14 points.
Iowa State has scored over 30 points in each of their last three games, the first time they've done that in eight years. But that pales in comparison to Baylor.
The Bears are averaging over 60 points and 700 yards a game, that ranks first in the NCAA. ISU's defense is ranked 100th overall and that's got to get better if the Clones want to have a chance.
"Forty-two points this last Saturday, that's a lot of points to give up as a defensive coach," said ISU head coach Paul Rhoads. "This team's averaging 63. It gives me a headache and I don't like to see it. You've got to do something about it."
Even though Iowa State's losses have been close games, the odds-makers don't think it will be close this week. The Cyclones are 32 point underdogs this against Baylor.
ISU beat the Bears, 35-21, last year in Ames so the big point spread got their attention.
"Being a big underdog is saying you're not very good at all," said ISU senior Jeff Woody. "Being an underdog is saying we think the other person is better. If the other team is favored by 32 and a half points, that's saying you're not a good team. You can definitely take that as we're much better than you're giving us credit for."
Iowa State and Baylor play at six o'clock Saturday night on ESPN U.
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