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Defensive Player To Watch vs. Oklahoma: Mike Rose

Mr. Right Place, Right Time is going to be huge in this one

NCAA Football: Baylor at Iowa State Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports

To win a championship, you need your stars to come out when the lights are brightest. Mike Rose is going to have to play a big role in stopping this Oklahoma offense on Saturday if they want to do just that.

On the season, Rose has 81 total tackles and 1.5 sacks, including 11 total tackles and a half of a sack in the first matchup with Oklahoma. He’s the team leader in tackles and he also happens to have the most interceptions in the country among linebackers with 4. Matching up against Oklahoma, Rose is going to be paired up against a ton of players with a wide variety of skills. A tough assignment for anyone, but Rose takes it all in stride.

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Oklahoma State Sarah Phipps-USA TODAY Sports

Since the loss in Ames, Oklahoma has averaged 46 points per game, including scoring 62 two games in a row. They are the eight-best passing and seventh-best scoring offense in the country, which is essentially on par with any Lincoln Riley team.

Ideally, this would be a perfect game to snag one of those in the right place at the right time Mike Rose interceptions. Iowa State is going to have to come up with an opportunistic turnover to change the tide of the game in their favor if they want to bring home the title. Should be a fun one to watch.