The Texas Longhorns made some strides defensively against the Kansas State Wildcats, but now head on the road to face the Iowa State Cyclones and their high-powered quarterback Brock Purdy.
Iowa State boasts the No. 16 offense in the country, paced by Brock Purdy, who sits as the No. 6 passer in the country. He spreads the ball around well, with five different players averaging more than four receptions per game, including big-play threat Tarique Milton, who is averaging more than 22 yards per reception.
Texas has struggled this season defending the pass, with six different quarterbacks setting career highs against Texas, but the Longhorns gave up just 36 yards to Wildcats signal caller Skylar Thompson in the second half.
While the topic of weather has been a discussion point this week, the current forecast is for a temperature of about 40 degrees at kickoff with a 5-percent chance of precipitation. Wind forecast at 15 miles an hour during the game could be a minor factor on field goals or downfield passing. Overall, however, the weather conditions should have an extremely minimal impact on the game.
- Texas has been more explosive this season than it was a year ago, but getting more big plays could be key for them against Kansas State.
- The Longhorns made the best out of a bad situation by switching to more four wide receiver looks after Cade Brewer’s injury.
In an offense that prefers to remain in 11 personnel and not substitute on drives unless players need a breather, that’s a significant capitulation given how stubborn Herman has been in the past maintaining his base personnel package.
- Texas opening up as a touchdown underdog hasn’t diminished the optimism about the Longhorns’ performance Saturday.
- Iowa State graduated much of last year’s production, but that hasn’t slowed down Matt Campbell’s squad.
As this season has progressed, Campbell and company have again found more skill players to rally around, and that’s helped this Iowa State offense maintain its rank as one of the stronger units in the Big 12 to this point.
- Sophomore WR Joshua Moore (suspension) — out
- Freshman OL Reese Moore (knee) — out
- Junior DB Josh Thompson (foot) — out
- Freshman G Junior Angilau (knee) — out
- Junior TE Cade Brewer (ankle) — out
- Junior DB Chris Brown (arm) — probable
- Senior LB Jeffrey McCulloch (shoulder) — probable
- Sophomore DB DeMarvion Overshown (back) — probable
- Senior WR Collin Johnson (leg) — game-time decision
How to Watch:
Time: 2:30 p.m. Central
Radio: Texassports.com. Broadcasts are also available on Sirius 132, XM 199, and App Ch. 953
Online Streaming: Fox Sports App
Odds: ISU -7
Weather: High of 41 degrees and cloudy