It’s been a long and unforgiving month away from home for the Texas Longhorns and the much-needed return to Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium couldn’t have come at a better time. After three road games and as many losses, Texas returns to home Saturday to host the 1-5 Iowa State Cyclones as the ‘Horns look to avoid a free fall.
In a game that features two potent offenses and two struggling defenses, we should be in for some fireworks in Austin. Can Texas’ defense finally slow the opposition enough for the ‘Horns to come out on top of a shootout?
- Texas looks to stop the bleeding against Iowa State.
- The 18-Wheeler package among things to watch against the Cyclones.
Iowa State defends the rush about as well as Texas defends the pass. Allowing an average of 235.5 yards per game, 5.18 yards per carry, and a total of 15 rushing touchdowns on the season ranks the Cyclones’ defense dead last among Big 12 teams in all three of those categories.
- WRNL Q&A with BON.
- BON Q&A with WRNL.
- Texas held a team meeting to air grievances following losing streak.
Foreman didn’t mince words. He spoke about how hard he has worked in the off-season and how hard he works everyday…how much effort he gives and how much he gives to the team only to see that effort squandered by the lack of effort from others. He specifically called out the defense and named a particular defensive player who he said should be making plays and leading the defense but currently isn’t. He also called out an entire group of the defense and their position coach. I’m told given the status of Foreman on the team, people, including said position coach, listened.
- Texas can’t afford to play one deep safety anymore.
- The ‘Horns remaining schedule chockfull of must-win games.
Texas has seen its share of losing streaks under Strong, but the program is yet to lose four in a row since his arrival. Strong can’t find himself on the wrong side of history once again on Saturday and drop a fourth consecutive game, or the previous report that Texas wouldn’t fire Strong mid-season may no longer be valid.
To make matters worse, a loss to a 1-5 team—one that embarrassed Texas 23-0 in Ames last season—is one many within the program wouldn’t take lightly, even if Strong weren’t on the hot seat.
- Burnt Orange Nation staff predictions: UT vs. ISU.
How to watch, listen, and stream
TV: Longhorn Network
Time: 6:00 PM CT
Commentary: Lowell Galindo will cal the play-by-play, while Ahmad Brooks and Keith Moreland will provide analysis. Dawn Davenport will be on the sidelines.
Radio: Longhorn Radio Network: Sirius channel 136, XM channel 199 and online channel 953.
Online Streaming: WatchESPN
Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy
Odds: Texas (-14)