Texas Longhorns vs. Iowa St. Cyclones
The Texas Longhorns and the Iowa State Cyclones face off on Saturday in Austin in a Big 12 college football match up. The Longhorns are -9.5 point favorites over the Cyclones.
The Texas Longhorns have won three games in a row and while it few weeks back their season looked to be getting away from them with back to back losses to Oklahoma and WVU, they have rebounded and have a chance to finish strong. David Ash has gone the bulk of the way at QB for the Longhorns and he has completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 15 touchdowns and five interceptions. Jonathan Gray is averaging 5.3 yards per carry and has scored once and Joe Bergeron has averaged 4.5 yards per carry and has scored 16 touchdowns. Mike Davis has 38 catches and six touchdowns, Jaxon Shipley has 32 catches and five touchdowns, and Marquise Goodwin has 20 catches and two touchdowns. Defensively Texas has had their share of struggles as they allow 31.6 points per game, 206.2 rushing yards, and 240.3 passing yards with nine interceptions and 21 sacks. Steve Edmond has 74 tackles, Kenny Vacccaro has 68 tackles, and Alex Okafor has eight sacks. Texas can beat most teams on talent and depth alone but where they have struggled is clearly on the defensive side of the football.
The Iowa State Cyclones are one win away from being bowl eligible and while they have already exceeded many experts’ predictions the Cyclones really want to be part of the post season. QB Steele Jantz has been in and out of favor but this season he has completed 63.6 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Shantrelle Johnson is averaging 4.2 yards per carry with two touchdowns and James White averages 5.4 yards per carry with two touchdowns. Aaron Horne leads ISU with 35 catches and two touchdowns, Chris Young has 30 catches and two touchdowns, and Jarvis West has 23 catches and three touchdowns. Defensively Iowa State allows 21.4 points per game, 141 rushing yards, and 282.7 passing yards with 12 interceptions and 14 sacks. Jake Knott has 79 tackles, A.J. Klein has 73 tackles, and Durrell Givens has 62 tackles. The Cyclones have Kansas and West Virginia remaining on their regular season schedule.
Texas is 1-4 against the spread in their last five Big 12 games, 8-18-1 against the spread in their last 27 home games, and 1-7 against the spread in their last eight home games against a team with a winning road record. Iowa State is 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games, 5-2 against the spread following a loss, and 1-4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The road team has covered in the last six meetings of these two.
This is a tough one as Texas defense hasn’t looked good at all but still the Horns are quietly rolling while Iowa State hasn’t gotten it done against the better offenses recently.
Texas Longhorns -9.5 Iowa St. Cyclones