Sound Off: Rested Sooners appear ready for Iowa State challenge

Oklahoma’s defense suffered a perception hit after its performance against Baylor.

Getting some key players back for the Iowa State game should help. Quarterback Baker Mayfield’s Heisman Trophy hopes seem to rise and fall based on how much he’s in the spotlight.

After its only bye week of the season, the No. 3 Sooners return to face the Cyclones at n oon ET  Saturday at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Oklahoma beat reporter John Shinn and Joe Buettner discuss all things Sooners in this week’s report.

All that week and more in this week’s Zaxby’s Sound Off.

Here are some time stamps to help in navigating the video:

Sound Off: Oklahoma-Iowa State

  • Oklahoma got some much needed rest during its bye week ( 0:27 ).
  • Linebacker Curtis Bolton’s season-ending ankle injury leaves a thin position group in a delicate situation ( 0:44 ).
  • Depth at defensive back will get a bigger test as Oklahoma begins facing more spread offenses ( 1:27 ).
  •  The return of defensive end Amani Bledsoe from a PED suspension should help the defense ( 2:21 ).
  •  The Sooners need to get more pressure from their front 4. Defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo has been the only consistent presence as a pass rusher ( 3:55 ).
  •  Iowa State is not a team Oklahoma can take lightly ( 4:50 ).
  • The last time Oklahoma and Iowa State played a Big Ten game broke out ( 6:12 ).
  • The last meeting with the Cyclones turned into a showcase for fullback Dimitri Flowers ( 7:34 ).
  •  Can Oklahoma get back to playing ball-control offense ( 8:51 )?
  •  Quarterback Baker Mayfield is off to hot start through 4 games and the offense is incredibly diverse ( 9:19 ).
  •  The Heisman Trophy race isn’t decided in September or October ( 10:52 ).
  •  Fans can rejoice! The Oklahoma-Texas game will kick off at  3:30 p.m. ET .

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