The Opponent: Texas Longhorns (3-4, 2-2)
Kick Off Time: 6:00 p.m. CDT
Location: Jack Trice Stadium - Ames, Iowa
Television: Fox Sports 1
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network - John Walters (PxP), Eric Heft (Color)
ISU Offense vs Texas Defense: Even. Iowa State's new offensive plan under Todd Sturdy could end up being an advantage as Texas won't know their tendencies.
TCU Offense vs Iowa State Defense: Advantage, ISU by a nose. UT runs the ball way more than they pass, so if the Cyclones can stack the box and force them to pass the ball, they could cause some frustration for Texas.
Special Teams: Advantage, Texas. ISU's kicking game is a mess and the Longhorns have one of the best returners in the conference in Daje Johnson.
The key storylines in this game include three things for ISU: a new quarterback, a new kicker and a new offensive coordinator.
Joel Lanning is set to make his first career start at quarterback in place of the underperforming senior Sam Richardson. Lanning entered the game against Baylor last week and breathed a breath of fresh air into the ISU offense. After Lanning took over, the Cyclones outscored the No. 2 Bears 27-10.
Calling the plays for Lanning will be Todd Sturdy, who was promoted to offensive coordinator after it was announced that Mark Mangino was relieved of his duties on Monday. Sturdy's style is to play to the strengths of his personnel and use the run to set up the pass, as shown through his former stint as offensive coordinator at Washington State.
Both Texas and Iowa State appear to be finding an identity as of late, so today's matchup should be a great game for ISU's Homecoming.
Things are going to get weird in Jack Trice Stadium, at night, on Halloween. Per the norm, I'm sticking with my preseason pick for the game prediction
Texas 27, ISU 21