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No. 22 Texas opens as underdogs for road showdown with Iowa State

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Despite the win over K-State, the early odds aren’t in Texas’ favor for next weekend’s meeting with Iowa State.

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Despite coming off of a key home win over what was then a ranked Kansas State team, the Texas Longhorns (6-3, 4-2) opened as early road underdogs for next weekend’s Big 12 meeting with the Iowa State Cyclones (5-4, 3-3).

Per VegasInsider, the Longhorns are seven-point underdogs, while CircaSports pegs Texas as a 5.5-point underdog.

Last season in Austin, the Longhorns had few issues in beating then-No. 16 Iowa State, 24-10. If Texas can replicate that success this time around, it will mark the Horns’ first winning streak since beating Oklahoma State and West Virginia to begin the Big 12 slate.

Iowa State, on the other hand, will enter the game effectively on the outside of the immediate Big 12 Championship picture looking in after dropping back-to-back games to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. Each outing was decided by a single score, with the Cyclones falling to the Pokes, 34-27, before a failed two-point conversion attempt led to a 42-41 road loss to the Sooners on Saturday.

Kickoff between Texas and Iowa State is set for Saturday, No. 16 at 2:30 p.m. Central. The game will be televised on FS1.