Texas (2-2, 1-0 Big 12) at Iowa State (1-2, 0-0); 6:30 p.m.READ MORE: Shooting And Flipped Vehicle Results In Section Of LBJ Freeway In Balch Springs Shut Down For Hours
Series record: Texas leads 9-1
Line: Texas by 8 1/2
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Texas and coach Mack Brown would be in rough shape if they lost to the Cyclones _ who appear to be among the weaker teams in the league _ since they already have a pair of defeats on their resume. A win would bring the Cyclones back to .500 and give them a ton of confidence heading into a touch stretch of Big 12 play.
Iowa State QB Sam Richardson vs. the Longhorns defense. Texas’s defense improved under new defensive coordinator Greg Robinson by allowing just 21 points in a win over Kansas State, and they’ve had nearly an extra week to prepare for the Cyclones. Richardson’s ability as a dual-threat quarterback has been compromised by an ankle injury, but he still had 255 yards passing and 2 TDs last week in a win over Tulsa.READ MORE: Suspect Charged In Connection With Gas Explosion At Dallas Apartment Complex
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Iowa State. RB Aaron Wimberly. He had 137 yards rushing last week and is now the starter. But he’s never seen a defense like the Longhorns.
Texas: WR/RB Daje Johnson. He might be the most explosive playmaker Texas has, and he’s expected back after missing the past two games with an ankle injury.
FACTS & FIGURES
Iowa State hasn’t won a Big 12 opener since pounding Kansas 45-3 in 2002—Texas’s win over Kansas State on Sept. 21 snapped a five-game losing streak against the Wildcats—The Longhorns are 4-0 in Ames and beat the Cyclones on the road 37-14 in the 2011 league opener—The Cyclones are one of just three teams nationally that hasn’t lost a fumble.
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