Pre-Gaming w/Schmidtty: Iowa State Edition

Texas opens their Big 12 Conference play with an away game in Ames, IA this weekend. The Cyclones beat Texas in 2010 for the first time in the school’s history. This one sets up to be a defensive battle as Iowa State has held each opponent this season under 25 points in regulation (Iowa scored 41 against the Cyclones, but 17 of those points came during the three overtimes). The Texas defense has also been stingy giving up only 15 pts/game but that number has been on the rise since holding Rice to three field goals in the opener.

Head Coach (Record): Paul Rhoads (15-13, all at Iowa State)

2010 Record: 5-7 (3-5/4th Big 12 North)

Returning Starters: Offense 6 / Defense 9

Player(s) to Watch for Iowa State: Quarterback Steele Jantz not only has a videogame name, but he can make videogame-like plays. That’s not to say that he is the perfect quarterback, but he can put up the occasional gamebreaker. His coach may have put it best, “He’s made a higher number than we would like of poor decisions. He’s made great decisions and he’s made some spectacular plays. I would say at this point he’s inconsistent. Certainly not unusual for a first-time starter at this level, coming off a successful junior college career.” If you want to know what Iowa State fans think, watch the fan video below.

Key Matchup: Malcolm Brown vs. the Iowa State Linebackers. Brown has essentially become Texas’ most reliable playmaker. He’s been the model of consistency for the Longhorns so far this season, and was a steady force for Texas while the QB situation was in flux. With the threat of a passing game now back in Texas’ arsenal, Brown should see a few more open running lanes than he has in the first three contests. That is of course if he can get by junior linebackers Jake Knott and A.J. Klein of Iowa State. So far this season the two have combined for 55 tackles (four for a loss).

Prediction: Texas WILL come out of Ames with a 4-0 record. The question is, will it be a pretty victory or not? The only reason the score against Iowa got up in the 40′s against Iowa State was because they went to three overtimes. Otherwise Iowa State has kept every opponent under 25 points in regulation. The Cyclones haven’t scored in the first quarter through their first three games, so they are susceptible to a quick start by their opponents. They get tougher as the game goes on though as they have outscored their opponents in the remaining three quarters.

Where to Watch: You can catch the game on FX at 6 PM CT. Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Tim Brewster will be on the call. On a side note, if you haven’t used the Gus Johnson soundboard yet, you haven’t lived. ONE MAN TO BEAT … DOWN THE SIDELINE … OOOHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Hook ‘Em!

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