College Football action on Saturday afternoon and a pair of teams from the Big 12 Conference will square off as the Texas Longhorns grapple with the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. Texas won this game at home last year by a score of 24-10. The Longhorns come in at 4-2 in league play and 6-3 overall while the Cyclones are at 3-3 within the Big 12 and 5-4 overall.
Texas Squeezes Past Kansas StateThe Texas Longhorns have gon loss, win, loss, win in their last four games and they will try and break that trend with a win in this one. Texas enters this game off a hard-fought 27-24 home win over Kansas State. It was the first game in their last six that they allowed less than 30 points and the defense was expected to be a strength of this team. A big issue for them has been a pass defense that ranks 124th in the nation. The Wildcats are 109th in the nation in passing and yet Texas allowed them to pass for 253 yards in the game. That may not bode well in this one as they are about to face the 8th ranked passing team in the nation.
The Longhorns have not had many issues on the offensive side of the ball as they rank 20th in total offense, 16th in passing, 51st in rushing and 14th in scoring, putting up 37.8 ppg. The Longhorns rolled up 477 yards of total offense against the Wildcats and they were balanced as Texas had 214 yards on the ground and 263 yards through the air. Sam Ehlinger has had a solid season so far as he has thrown for 2641 yards with 24 TDs and just eight INTs. He faced the Cyclones last year and hit 12 of 15 passes for 137 yards with a TD and no INTs in the 24-10 win. Ehlinger will look to have a solid game against a Cyclone defense that is 71st in the nation against the pass. At 4-2 in league play, the Longhorns still have a shot at the Big 12 Title game but they must go at least 2-1 in their last three games and the Sooners have to lose out. It is a long shot for them, especially with this road game and a road game against Baylor on deck.
Cyclones Are Seeking Bowl EligibilityThe Iowa State Cyclones have had a bit of an up-and-down season this year. They started at 2-2 on the year, with their two losses being by one point to Iowa and two points to TCU. They then rattled off three wins in a row, outscoring their foes by at least 10 points in each game. Iowa State followed that three-game win streak up with a two-game losing streak and here they are at 5-4 on the year. Iowa State lost the two games by seven points and one point. Their four losses on the year have now been by 11 total points. Iowa State is at 5-4 on the year and will be seeking bowl eligibility in this one. The defense had been solid for the Cyclones this year but it has broken down of late as they have allowed 33.3 ppg over their last three games. That is on the heels of allowing just 20.8 ppg over their first six games.
Brock Purdy in 2019— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) November 13, 2019
☑️5th nationally in total offense
☑️6th nationally in passing
☑️7th nationally in completions
☑️14th nationally compl. pct.
☑️20 passing TDs/7 rushing TDs
Iowa State is off a tough 42-41 loss to Oklahoma on the road. They were 15 point dogs in the game. The defense allowed 499 yards in the game, including 226 yards on the ground and 237 yards through the air. Texas is pretty balanced on offense and could give this defense fits. Iowa State is 71st in the nation against the pass and the Longhorns know how to toss the ball around the field. Iowa state pilled up 477 yards against the Sooners and Brock Purdy had a huge game as he threw for 282 yards and five TDs with no INTs while also rushing for 55 yards and a TD. He has a shot at a huge game in this one as the longhorns have one of the worst pass defenses in the nation. Purdy has thrown for 2849 yards with 20 TDs and seven INTs on the year. He was just 10/23 for 130 yards with no TDs and an INT in last year's loss to the Longhorns.
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- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight-up win.
- 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games in November.
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 conference games
Iowa State is:
- 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game
- 16-5-2 ATS in their last 23 conference games
- 19-9-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record