Texas vs. Iowa State Prediction, Game Preview

    Texas vs. Iowa State prediction and game preview. The Longhorns look to improve to 4-4 as they travel to Ames to take on the Cyclones.

    September 26, 2016


    Texas (3-4) is back from the dead with two straight wins and with the easy part of the schedule kicking in. Iowa State (2-5) is trying to salvage a season that’s quickly slipping away, and doesn’t get any easier. Check out the Texas vs. Iowa State prediction and game preview.

    Texas vs. Iowa State Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, Oct. 31
    Game Time 7:00 pm
    Venue: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA

    Network: FOX Sports 1

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    Why You Need To Care

    For all the drama and all the problems, Texas is starting to look the part with a terrific win over Oklahoma, some time off, and a decisive victory over Kansas State showing off the strong defense that’s starting to get better and better. With Iowa State this week and Kansas coming up next, it’s a key chance to get over the .500 mark before diving into the interesting – but manageable – finishing kick with two of the last three games on the road against West Virginia and Baylor, wrapped around the Texas Tech date.

    Iowa State always seems to give Texas a hard time lately – but it loses. The Cyclones came up short in last year’s 48-45 loss after losing a controversial 31-30 battle in 2013. The last win over the Longhorns came in 2010, and now they need to pull off something huge with three of the last four games on the road to Oklahoma, Kansas State and West Virginia, and a home date with Oklahoma State. Can they possible win four out of their last five to get to six wins? There’s no chance without a win this week.

    Why Texas Will Win

    The defense has found a groove. The Cyclones might be in a bit of disarray after offensive coordinator Mark Mangino was let go, but the offense was working. What isn’t doing much of anything is the running game against a Texas D that stuffed Oklahoma for just 67 yards, and stopped Kansas State to a dead stop at times last week. It’s all coming from a devastating pass rush that’s cranked up 11 sacks over the last two games, and should have few problems sitting in the Cyclone backfield past a porous O line.

    Why Iowa State Will Win

    Finally, the Cyclones are getting a week off from a top-shelf passing attack. After dealing with Texas Tech, TCU and Baylor, the secondary desperately needed a break, and it’s getting one against a Texas offense that’s been accurate over the last few games, but not all that dangerous. The Longhorn improving offensively is coming from a stronger ground game, and while Iowa State’s defensive front hasn’t been a rock, it has problems with the shiftier offenses more than the pounders. ISU can survive by giving up 200+ rushing yards as long as it’s not getting lit up through the air – that’s not going to happen this week.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    All of a sudden, the future might be now for Joel Lanning. Despite all the drama and the big coordinator change, Iowa State is going all in on the renovation by giving the 6-2, 232-pound sophomore the starting nod over Sam B. Richardson, who’s been awful at times over the last few weeks. Lanning did what he could against Baylor, cranking out 144 yards and three touchdowns after the Bears took their foot off the gas, but it was enough to earn a longer look after Richardson completed just 3-of-11 passes with two picks in the loss to Baylor.

    Player Who Matters

    Iowa State will benefit in a big way by being at home and against an offense that’s not going to wing it all over the yards. Even so, the offense won’t be able to handle the Longhorn defensive front that’ll make big play after big play against Lanning, but it’ll be a test. Lanning will have his moments, just not enough of them.

    Texas vs. Iowa State Prediction

    Final Score: Texas 30, Iowa State 23, Line: Texas -6.5, o/u: 53.5

    Must See Rating: 5: Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church ; 1: The Peanuts Movie … 2.5

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