Surging Iowa State must be wary of West Virginia

The week-to-week grind of the Big 12 season has featured four straight wins for surging 15th-ranked Iowa State, including two in the past month against teams ranked in the AP top 5.

Campbell said the pattern of success was built in the preseason, when his team worked away from the limelight when nobody was watching.

“January and February and March and April and May — that’s where our team earned its confidence in its ability,” Campbell said. “The good thing about us is we haven’t changed our approach in the year-and-a-half here. We don’t worry about anything but what goes on between our walls.”

The Arizona matchup has not an easy one for USC recently, despite the Trojans losing just twice in the past 16 years. Every game from 2007 through 2015 came down to a single possession.

Restarting that trend on Saturday would not be any deviation from the norm for either team in the context of this season, either. Arizona has played four games decided by six points or fewer; USC has played three.

Georgia ranks last in the SEC in passing yards per game with 162.6 per game. But that number is deceiving. Because of the running game, the Bulldogs haven’t had to throw that much, although freshman Jake Fromm has been efficient when called upon.

In fact, among starters in the SEC, Fromm leads the league in passing efficiency with a rating of 171.9, completing 75 of 138 passes for 1,263 yards and 13 touchdowns.

South Carolina has tightened things up since giving up 237 rushing yards to Texas A&M in the last weekend of September. The Gamecocks have held Arkansas to 106 yards, Tennessee to 120, and Vanderbilt to 107 in their last three games.patriots_322

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