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Pretty much in line with my own thoughts. I really don't see ISU putting more than 2-3 touchdowns on Texas. Our pass D had better step up or this could be a national televsion embarrassment.
Big 12 Game of the Week
Iowa State (2-1) at Texas (2-1) 3:30 pm EST ABC Saturday, Sept. 23
Why to watch: You'll have to forgive Iowa State if it has the dry heaves when it looks at its upcoming schedule. Not only is it coming off a nasty rivalry game with Iowa (a 27-17 loss), it has to play the defending national champion, then it gets a breather against Northern Iowa, then Nebraska, then at Oklahoma, then Texas Tech. It's not like the Cyclones can catch the Longhorns looking ahead to Oklahoma with a scrimmage against Sam Houston State to follow. Mack Brown's club bounced back from the drubbing from Ohio State to bomb Rice 52-7. With the road portion of the slate over the second half of the season, Texas has to take advantage of every home game it can to not just win, but to be impressive enough to get the pollsters buzzing again.
Why Iowa State might win: Colt McCoy has played well, but he's still a first year starter prone to making mistakes like any new quarterback. Iowa State has picked off three passes in the first three games and hasn't been turning the ball over. It has to win the turnover battle and it has to get consistent pressure on McCoy to do that. The redshirt freshman has been solid throwing six touchdown passes with only one interception, but the Cyclones have to force him into errors. If they don't ...
Why Texas might win: ... it's bombs away. The Cyclone secondary hasn't been close to slowing down a passing game yet giving up 367 yards to Toledo, 218 to UNLV (but struggled late), and 274 to Iowa. McCoy can dink and dunk on ISU, or it can bomb away. If his line gives him time, expect a fantastic day and the type of eye-opening big numbers that will get everyone to take notice.
Who to watch: Iowa State's Bret Meyer is one of the league's few veteran quarterbacks, and he'll need to use every ounce of his experience to keep this interesting. He hasn't had to run as much as last year with Stevie Hicks back and healthy at running back, but he's better when he's on the move and keeping defenses on their heels. He has to be deadly accurate coming off a 15 of 31 performance against Iowa and a mediocre day against UNLV. If he's not outplaying McCoy by a large margin, there will be big problems.
What will happen: Iowa State won't be a pushover, but Texas will have too much success in all phases of its offense to get upset.
CFN Prediction: Texas 41 ... Iowa State 16 ... Line: Texas -23.5
Must See Rating: (5 skip the birth of your first born - 1 The Janice Dickenson Modeling Agency) ... 3