STAFF PICKS: Texas Longhorns

Nov 10, 2018; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) drops back to pass against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Williams – Iowa State 31, Texas 30

I think that Vegas is spot on in that these teams would be dead even on a neutral field. It’s a total toss-up for a reason. Texas’ defense isn’t a shade of what it was a year ago but having said that, I believe there’s a bit of a leak in Iowa State’s right now. Which quarterback plays better? You’d have to give the edge to Texas been the game is at home.

Heart vs. head …. screw it. I’ll go with heart.
Jared Stansbury – Iowa State 38, Texas 31

I have grappled with this pick all week. I would wake up one day confident in a Cyclone victory and feel like a nut kick is coming when I woke up the next. Today, I feel good about an Iowa State victory and free apple pie shots from Whiskey River in Ankeny (join us for the game watch) flowing. Kene Nwangwu finally busts a big one in the first half and sets an early tone for the Iowa State offense.

Brent Blum – Iowa State 31, Texas 27

The analytics really don’t like Texas. In fact, in the S&P rankings (my favorite), Texas is only 46th nationally overall and its defense is 69th. I think Iowa State can find some room for playmakers and do enough on defense.

Rob Gray – Iowa State 38, Texas 24

David Montgomery sits the first half out and Kene Nwangwu busts one for a big touchdown. Purdy shines in the spotlight. I honestly don’t see this game being that close. Ehlinger finally throws his third pick of the season (Marcel Spears, for six) and ISU gets its sixth straight Big 12 quite comfortably.

Jay Jordan – Texas 29, Iowa State 27

Texas has owned Iowa State in the last two years. They have flaws, but so does Iowa State due to some attrition. Ultimately, I think this game comes down to which quarterback plays better. Texas has the advantage there primarily due to Ehlinger’s ability to get three extra yards on contact. I think it is that close. But, I stink at these predictions. A play by a quarterback and a gutsy coaching call will be the difference.

Jeff Woody – Texas 47, Iowa State 28

Matthew McConaughey gives a pregame speech that rouses even Bevo to action. The guards have a hard time containing him, but because he’s technically “a longhorn,” the Big XII officials fail to differentiate him from a player. He rambles for 647 yards since literally no one can tackle him but fails to understand the intricacies of the game and forgets to hold the ball. Iowa State scores all their points off fumble recoveries.

Kevin Fitzpatrick – Iowa State 32, Texas 30

Is anyone else going to have trouble falling asleep on Friday night? I have no doubt in my mind that this game will be a nail-biter throughout. Something tells me Iowa State will take the lead late and give Texas the ball back with one last chance to score… And then a Cyclone defender will intercept Sam Ehlinger in dramatic fashion to seal the victory.

Kirk Haaland – Texas 31, Iowa State 28

First of all, I don’t think this will be a letdown as expected of Cyclone teams of the past. This game will be close and uncomfortable for both fan bases. This Texas defense has not been as good as last year’s and they have given up yards but they clamp down in the red zone where they only allow 4.38 points per trip (17th). Their offense has been methodical and taken care of the ball by only turning it over on 5.4 percent of possessions (3rd). Those are two strengths for Texas are the corners the ISU defense typically backs opponents into hoping for mistakes to capitalize upon.

Unless the Texas offense deviates from those two things self-inflicted mistakes or by the ISU defense rising up, I think this will be the second game of the season that the Cyclones lose on a late field goal.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.