BEST BET Ok­la­homa over Iowa St by 28

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As great as col­lege foot­ball can be, it can be equally cruel. Take Ok­la­homa, for example. The Soon­ers will be op­er­at­ing to­day with­out star RB Rod­ney An­der­son, who was lost for the sea­son af­ter suf­fer­ing a knee in­jury in the first quar­ter of last week’s game ver­sus UCLA. “We’re heart­bro­ken for him,” said OU head coach Lin­coln Ri­ley, not­ing that An­der­son had al­ready suf­fered two sea­son-end­ing in­juries in his OU ca­reer. “He’s al­ready had to over­come so much.” So what we have ar­riv­ing at Ames to­day is (a) an Ok­la­homa squad off to a blaz­ing start in 2018, go­ing 2-0 SU while outscor­ing foes, 56-17, and out-gain­ing them by 214 yards per game; (b) band­ing to­gether to play for a fallen team cap­tain whose sea­son has been stolen; and (c) mak­ing the Cy­clones pay for last year’s shock­ing up­set of the Soon­ers at Nor­man – where OU lost out­right as 31-point chalk. Nor­mally, we wouldn’t dream of lay­ing the big wood with a road fa­vorite but we have to won­der if the Cy­clones’ sea­son isn’t go­ing side­ways in a hurry. Af­ter Iowa State’s sea­son opener was post­poned by inclement weather, they rolled into Iowa City for the an­nual Cy-Hawk Tro­phy war with Iowa. But af­ter tak­ing a 3-0 lead into the sec­ond quar­ter, Matt Campbell’s crew was shut out the rest of the way in a hugely dis­ap­point­ing 13-3 de­feat (Cy­clones scored just 3 points for the sec­ond straight game at Kin­nick Sta­dium). How can they trade points with a rolling ball of butcher knives look­ing for blood in OU’s big­gest re­venge sit­u­a­tion in ages? Ok­la­homa QB Kyler Mur­ray has al­ready thrown 5 TD passes and run­ning backs T.J. Pledger and Trey Ser­mon are ca­pa­ble re­place­ments for An­der­son, av­er­ag­ing 5.9 and 5.1 yards per rush this sea­son, re­spec­tively. With the Soon­ers cur­rently on a run when play­ing away with con­fer­ence re­venge, and Iowa State a weak 3-7 ATS as a dog ver­sus Big 12 re­venge, we’ll wrap things up by call­ing in

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