Staff Picks: Texas Longhorns

Nov 27, 2020; Austin, Texas, USA; Iowa State Cyclones tight end Charlie Kolar (88) avoids tackle from Texas Longhorns defensive back Caden Sterns (7) in the third quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Williams, Publisher – Iowa State 38, Texas 24

Jared Stansbury, Managing Editor – Iowa State 31, Texas 28

I think both of these teams will be highly motivated. Both of them feel their backs against the wall. If Mike Rose is able to play, I think Iowa State wins this game. If he doesn’t… things could get awfully dicey against Bijan Robinson.

Rob Gray, Senior Writer – Iowa State 34, Texas 27

 The Longhorns are obviously in disarray (what else is new?), but no matter what level of noise is surrounding the program, the talent remains. The offense — despite being potentially down its No. 2 and No. 3 receivers — is loaded with speed and skill and the defense can be stout when made ornery. ISU, meanwhile, is trying to recover from an uncharacteristically poor performance on the defensive side of the ball at West Virginia, but the culture remains sound. Whether Mike Rose returns or not, ISU reverts to elite form on defense and does enough on offense to keep Texas trending downward.

Jay Jordan, Football Analyst – Texas 34, Iowa State 27

Texas and Bijan Robinson need a breakout game, while Iowa State has a lot of questions following an inexplicable loss. The talent disparity with Texas skill vs. ISU coverage is just too much. Another good game, but Texas pulls it out.

Jeff Woody, Football Analyst – Iowa State 39, Texas 30

This game is gonna be won by the team that slaps the Ted Lasso “Believe” sign harder (and doesn’t have a Nate on their staff, thAT LITTLE MO–sorry, no spoilers, I got carried away). But with each team suffering a disappointing loss, the gears of the season have started to change out of high-achievement mode into desperation mode (for Texas) and grind-and-hope mode (for Iowa State). Teams have to still WANT to play despite all that. Iowa State has shown consistency of attitude much more than Texas has over the past 3-4 years. After meeting force with force, Iowa State is able to keep the faith longer and wins a physical game.

Bret Meyer, Football Analyst – Iowa State 28, Texas 20

Home field advantage means more this week as Texas will get its first taste of weather for the year. Low 50s with some wind come Saturday night with a lathered up and angry Jack Trice crowd works in our favor. The defense plays better and we hand Texas its fourth consecutive loss. 

Todd Blythe, Football Analyst – Iowa State 34, Texas 24

No monkey business this week for the Cyclones. I expect our defense to get back on track and play like (pole) assassins against the Longhorns. In what may be the last matchup against Texas, our boys will be focused and motivated.

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.