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Iowa State might be the best 5-4 football team in the country. They’ve lost 4 games by a total of 11 points. They average 6.9 yards per play on offense and surrender only 5.2 yards per play on defense. For comparison’s sake, that +1.7 yards per play differential contrasts tellingly to 6-3 Texas at -0.1. For the record, undefeated LSU is at +2.5.
Iowa State has had a number of heartbreaking losses (23-21 to Baylor, 18-17 to Iowa, 42-41 OU) but should have beaten Oklahoma last Saturday after a furious second half rally from a 35-14 deficit. Down 42-41, they went for two to win the game and this happened
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