Thursday night in Ames — it's the game Texas Longhorns fans were perhaps most disappointed with when Texas' 2017 schedule was released. Playing on a random week night is not ideal, and there's a general sentiment that weird and unpredictable things happen in non-Saturday college football games.
After the optimism inspiring heartbreak of USC a week and a half ago, it's time to see if Texas can turn this season around. The earlier, the better.
The quest for reaching the College Playoff was never a remotely feasible goal for 2017 and has now been all but eliminated by two early losses. The Big 12 season beginning is a new chapter for Texas to fix early season mistakes, hit restart, and attempt to be competitive for a conference title.
The road to these new expectations will be paved in Ames.
What we know about this Iowa State group is that they will at the least be incredibly pesky for their Big 12 foes, but Matt Campbell's squad can be much more than that.
The 2017 Cyclones may be the best football team the city of Ames has ever claimed, with depth at most positions and a potent offense led by a four-headed monster of running back David Montgomery, receivers Hakeem Butler and Allen Lazard, and quarterback Jacob Park.
Tom Herman and the 'Horns are the favorites by 6.5 points, but this one could easily go either way.
Here's some pre-game reading from this week at Burnt Orange Nation:
- Q&A with Levi Stevenson from Iowa State SB Nation blog Wide Right Natty Lite.
- Texas will have its hands full keeping Iowa State in check.
- Texas' secondary must improve as they are facing yet another elite quarterback.
- A key road win in Ames would show evidence of progress for the 'Horns.
- Tom Herman helped Iowa State upset the 'Horns in 2010 as offensive coordinator for the Cyclones.
How to watch, listen, and stream
Where: Jack Trice Stadium (Ames, Iowa)
Kickoff time: Thursday, September 28, 7 pm CT
Radio: 104.9 The Horn, 99.3 FM
Online Streaming: WatchESPN
Live Stats: StatMonitr
Odds: Texas (-6.5)