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Iowa State vs. Texas: Preview and Prediction

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Texas

Here is everything you need to know about the Texas Longhorns and Iowa State Cyclones in our Texas vs. Iowa State preview and prediction.

Game Info 

6: 30 p.m. Central Time, Saturday, Nov. 6th, 2021, Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa 

TV: FS1 

Radio: Longhorn IMG Sports Network; Cyclone Radio Network  

Records: Texas 4-4 (2-3 Big 12); Iowa State 5-3 (3-2 Big 12) 

Ranking: Texas: None; Iowa State: None 

Last Week: Texas lost to Baylor 31-24; Iowa State lost to West Virginia 38-31 

Spread: Iowa State (-6.5) 

Fun Fact: Iowa State has beaten Texas two years in a row. The last two games between these two have been decided by three points or less.

 

Key Players 

Texas 

WR Xavier Worthy 

Even though he is just a freshman, Xavier Worthy has proved himself worthy of being the Longhorns top target in the passing game. On the year, Xavier has over 650 receiving yards and 7 touchdown grabs. He has been electric for the Texas offense and is one of the best wide receivers in the Big 12.  

LB DeMarvion Overshown  

Texas hasn’t been great defensively this season, but DeMarvion Overshown has been one of the few bright spots so far this season for them. Overshown leads the team in tackles and was also named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award for the nation’s top linebacker.

 

Iowa State  

RB Breece Hall 

People love to talk about other running backs in the Big 12 but I still believe that some people don’t give Breece enough praise. He is still one of if not the best running back in the conference and he is putting together another great season. Breece has rushed for almost 1,000 yards already and has 12 rushing scores. Hall is averaging a staggering 5.5 yards per carry and at times, he has put the offense on his back.  

LB Mike Rose 

It’s no secret that Mike Rose is the leader of this Iowa State defense. The reigning Big 12 defensive player of the year was out last week due to an injury, but it looks like he will be good to go for Saturday’s game. This should provide a big boost for this defense who looked a little lost without him.  

Key Storylines 

Texas 

At this point, Texas is fighting for a bowl spot. Last weekend after their loss to Baylor, the Longhorns dropped to 4-4 and have been out of the Big 12 title picture for quite some time. This defense needs to show improvements on Saturday and the offense needs to get back on track and be more consistent. The biggest question is if they can finish a full game which means more than three quarters.  

Iowa State  

Believe it or not, Iowa State still has plenty to play for despite their 3-2 conference record. The Cyclones need to win out and get some help, but they still have a slight chance to reach a conference title game. All they can do is focus on one game at a time and play good football. It will be interesting to see how they come out on Saturday night after a crushing loss to West Virginia in Morgantown.

 

Prediction: Iowa State 28, Texas 24 

Both of these teams love to run the football but the big difference between the two is that one team can stop the run and the other one can’t. Iowa State has the second best run defense in the Big 12 while Texas has the second worst. I believe the Cyclones will have success on the ground and will be able to control the game. Plus, I think they come out swinging on Saturday for a big rebound win at home in front of a rocking crowd.  

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