On Saturday, November 18th, the Texas Longhorns (9-1) will travel to Jack Trice Stadium in an attempt to upset the Iowa State Cyclones (6-4).
Iowa State must concentrate on stopping the deadly Texas passing threat in Brooks’ absence. But since early October, the Cyclones have struggled mightily defending the pass. Since Week 6, they rank 127th in pass explosiveness surrendered and 70th in PPA per pass, which Quinn Ewers will probably exploit when he has time in the pocket. PFF ranks Texas’ offensive line as the most effective pass-blocking group in the Big 12, while Iowa State ranks 12th out of 14 teams in terms of pass rush efficiency. Adonai Mitchell, Ja’Tavion Sanders, and Xavier Worthy are at least three NFL-caliber playmakers that Ewers has at his command. These players should have no trouble getting past the Cyclone secondary, much as Oklahoma’s offense did in its earlier-season 50-20 victory over Iowa State. Since Week 6, the Cyclones rank 75th nationally in terms of offensive effectiveness and 118th in terms of explosiveness in non-garbage time. They also score only 3.64 points per attempt.
In the second half of their 29-26 victory over TCU this past weekend, which saw them lead by up to 20 points, the Texas Longhorns produced as many punts as they had scores. Sadly, the Longhorns are going to be without running back Jonathan Brooks for the remainder of the season after he tore his ACL during the final quarter of Texas’ victory. Since Brooks matched for the highest PFF run rating in the Big 12 and led the conference in forced missed tackles, his absence will be noticed. Renowned rookie CJ Baxter, who has 87 carries, 390 yards, and three touchdowns under his belt, is expected to assume the primary role for the rest of the campaign. Texas, which averages 3.88 points per drive inside the opposition 40, occasionally struggles to complete drives as well.
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Texas Longhorns vs Iowa St Cyclones Game Information
- Date: 11/18/2023
- Time: 08:00 PM ET
- Location: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA.
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