Iowa State Cyclones (2-4) at Texas Longhorns (2-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 18, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Longhorns -12 -- Over/Under:
The Iowa State Cyclones and Texas Longhorns meet Saturday night at Royal Texas Memorial Stadium.
The Iowa State Cyclones are coming off a win over the Toledo Rockets and are still looking for their first conference victory. Offensively, Iowa State lives and dies with quarterback Sam B. Richardson, who has thrown at least two touchdowns in four straight games and is completing 60.1 percent of his passes. Richardson is also Iowa State’s leading rusher with 283 rushing yards and a touchdown. Iowa State has seven different receivers with double-digit receptions and the Cyclones have seven passing plays of 25 or more yards. Allen Lazard and E.J. Bibbs have combined for 494 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Iowa State has won nine of its last 11 games SU when scoring 30 or more points. Defensively, the Iowa State Cyclones are allowing 33.2 points, 446.3 yards, and they’ve forced five turnovers and 10 sacks. Jevohn Miller leads Iowa State with 61 tackles and Cory Morrissey has 5.5 tackles for loss.
The Texas Longhorns have lost four of their last five games but are coming off an extremely competitive matchup against the Oklahoma Sooners. Tyrone Swoopes is still trying to figure things out on the fly, as he’s completing 59.9 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and four interceptions, and three of those picks have come in his last two games. Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray haven’t exactly fulfilled expectations, but they have combined for more than 600 rushing yards and three touchdowns. John Harris has at least one touchdown reception in five of his six games and M.J. McFarland is the only Longhorn with a receiving touchdown. Texas has won nine of its last 10 games when scoring at least 21 points. Defensively, the Texas Longhorns are allowing 21.2 points, 317.3 yards, and they’ve forced 11 turnovers and 20 sacks. Jordan Hicks leads Texas with 72 tackles and Malcom Brown has 7.5 tackles for loss.
The Cyclones are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Longhorns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The road team is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
I have no idea what to make of this game because I have no idea who the Texas Longhorns really are. We know Texas is rebuilding but it's a team clearly still hungry to win now and nearly upset Oklahoma last week. Iowa State just is a step or two behind the Longhorns, which is why I'll take them by two touchdowns at home.