2017 Gridiron Staff Picks: Week 7

Brian Mozey sports editor 2017-18

Brian Mozey

Every week during the year, Brian Mozey, Aaron Marner, Jack MacDonald and a special guest make their predictions for the Iowa State football game. Here are their predictions for the Cyclones’ week seven game against Kansas at 11 a.m.

Brian Mozey, Sports Editor (4-1)

Winner: Iowa State

Score: 49-14

My undefeated streak came to an end at four games after Iowa State shocked the world with an upset over then-No. 3 Oklahoma last weekend. So you go from one of the best teams in the country to one of the worst teams in the country. 

Iowa State needs to make sure it doesn’t come in too confident and not play Cyclone football. Kansas gave up 65 points to Texas Tech last weekend at home and has won three games in the past three seasons. 

I don’t see Iowa State having a problem with defeating Kansas this weekend. This means the Cyclones will be two wins shy of bowling in December. 

Aaron Marner, Assistant Sports Editor (2-3)

Winner: Iowa State

Score: 55-24

Alright, so I was wrong last week. In my defense, so was everyone else.

I’m not going to be wrong this week, however. Iowa State hosts Kansas and the Jayhawks are currently a 20.5-point underdog. For reference, Northern Iowa and Akron were each 10-point dogs to the Cyclones earlier this season.

It doesn’t matter if Jacob Park, Kyle Kempt or David Montgomery starts at quarterback. Kansas has given up an average of 52 points per game in its last four contests, which is impressively bad considering two of those opponents were Ohio and Central Michigan.

Iowa State will score early and often Saturday en route to a comfortable home win.

Jack MacDonald, Assistant Sports Editor (2-3)

Pick: Iowa State

Score: 37-17

Like the rest of my fellow pickers last week, I was wrong by a mile and it’s OK because there’s still a lot of time left for me to gain ground on Brian Mozey. 

However, this week I am 99.9 percent confident in my pick. Iowa State showed last weekend they can hang with anyone in the country and do so with a walk-on quarterback. Kyle Kempt went to Norman as a child and came back a man and he even out dueled Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield. And good news for the Cyclones, David Montgomery found his stride which proved to be crucial. 

For Kansas, this Cyclones offense will be too hot to handle and Joel Lanning’s defense will continue to roll.

Heck, we might as well call this game Joel Lanning University vs. Kansas. Unless the unthinkable happens again like it did in Norman, Iowa State wins easily. 

Jill O’Brien, News Editor of Student Life

Winner: Iowa State 

Score: 42-14

I don’t know anything about sports. I was a marching band kid. That said, I watched a lot of football during my long marching band career, so hopefully I know enough to not be wrong this week. 

OK. Maybe I don’t know that much. I do know that Kansas’ record is not looking fantastic, and I don’t honestly see the Jayhawks breaking that losing streak. I just don’t. Simple as that.

As for the Cyclones, I will say this: if Iowa State can pull off beating Oklahoma, ranked No. 3 in the nation, while on the road, they can sure beat Kansas while at home.