The Texas Longhorns (9-1, 6-1) are headed to Ames, Iowa, for the final time as a member of the Big 12 this weekend, and will face a scrappy Iowa State Cyclones team that is in the thick of the Big 12 race despite a slow start to their season.
Iowa State (6-4, 5-2) is tied for second place in the Big 12 and will be facing the team in sole possession of first place this weekend. However, rankings and records haven’t matter much the last few times that Texas went up to Ames.
The Cyclones have won three of four in this series, and have beaten Texas each of the last two times they’ve visited Jack Trice Stadium. In fact, the Cyclones have gone 3-1 against Texas at home dating back to 2015.
Admittedly, this Longhorns’ team feels different from those in recent memory, as they’ll march into Cyclone territory ranked as the No. 7 team in the country and just one loss on the year, a 34-30 defeat at the hands of Oklahoma in an emotion-fueled Red River Rivalry classic.
However, if you ask Iowa State offensive lineman Jarrod Hufford, this is just the same old Texas team coming into Ames with an ego, and he can’t wait to check them at the gates.
“It’s going to be one heck of a farewell present,” Hufford said. “They are going to come in here on senior night, in the dark. I don’t think they really know what is going to be coming for them. We’ve beaten them 4 out of the last 5 times they’ve been here? They don’t have a good record here.
“Ever since I got here, it’s been Iowa and Texas. That’s kind of the thing. Horns Down all the time. That program, much like Oklahoma, they get all the big 5-star recruits and have all the nicest stuff in the world and they just think their uh, you know, don’t stink. They’re just humans and that’s how I see them. They’re people that have such a high ego that need to be checked.”
The comments are making their rounds on social media, and a few Texas players have caught wind of it, and made sure to acknowledge the hate.
The Cyclones and Longhorns are scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. CT kickoff on FOX, with Texas coming in favored by 7.5 points.