Last week, we pegged Tom Manning as our player to watch, as all eyes would be on the playcalling to see if a more concerted effort to run the football, even when losing, would be established. Outside of one odd goalline offensive series, the offensive gameplan was solid, and moved the ball with ease on against the Sooners with a balanced attack.
This week, Iowa State faces off against a Texas defense that’s been inconsistent this year, especially against the pass.
As you can see, the Longhorns are second-worst in the conference in yards per play against the pass, and third-worst in expected points added against the pass. To attack this glaring weakness, Iowa State would be wise to lean on their star tight end, Charlie Kolar.
With Kolar’s ability to apply pressure in the intermediate passing game all over the field, he’ll have the opportunity to gash Texas for chunk yardage. He’ll also be crucial in run blocking, as the line will need his help to create room on the edge for Breece Hall to pick up first downs. If Brock Purdy can find Kolar in the middle of the defense consistently to balance out the running and screen games, then the Cyclones should be able to move the ball consistently on Saturday.