VOL. 132 | NO. 253 | Friday, December 22, 2017
By Don Wade Updated 3:29PM
At this late date in the college football season, deception may come on an individual play – a quarterback’s deft sleight of hand on play-action or a linebacker feigning blitz only to drop back into coverage.
But the identities of teams – what and who they will be over four quarters – is well-documented. The University of Memphis has a high-flying offense (47.7 points per game, second in the nation) and a pedestrian defense (allowing 33.4 points per game to rank 104th in scoring defense).
Iowa State’s defense allows 21 points per game, which is good for 29th in the country. The offense scores an average of 29.9 points per game, which ranks 51st nationally.
Iowa State quarterback Kyle Kempt throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
“We know a high-scoring game is detrimental to winning,” said Allen Lazard, the