Most discussion has focused on passing offenses but will run games be more important vs. Baylor?


Much of the pre-game analysis for the Iowa State vs. Baylor game has focused on the teams’ passing games.

How will Baylor’s nation-best throwing offense perform in what is expected to be a cool, nighttime atmosphere in Jack Trice Stadium? Can Iowa State’s passing attack get untracked against the Bears’ defense?

In the film room, however, I’ll suggest that each coaching staff was dissecting the run game as much.

Paul Rhoads was asked this week how much more effective the Cyclone offense would be if it was rushing for an additional 50-60 yards per game.

“Lots of things would be different,” Rhoads said. “Fact is we’re not (rushing for an additional 50-60) and we’ve got to work and improve that as it affects everything else with the offense.”

When quizzed about slowing Baylor’s powerful offense, Rhoads offered that limiting its ground attack would be a top priority.

“We got bludgeoned last year (vs. Baylor with the run game),” Rhoads admitted. “You better stop one thing and that takes people to do that. Then, you try to rally and control other things.”

At game’s end, check the rushing totals. It could summarize the results of the game more accurately than the passing yardages.

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