College Football Pick Iowa State at Texas 10-23-10

October 20, 2010

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Iowa State Cyclones (3-4) vs. #19 Texas Longhorns (4-2)

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 12:00PM ET

Line: Texas -20.5

The Longhorns successfully knocked off fifth-ranked Nebraska last weekend, winning 20-13. The team’s quarterback, Garrett Gilbert went 4/16 for only 62 yards, but ran for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Texas’ defense definitely showed up in Nebraska, holding them to 77 passing yards. Iowa State has been struggling as of late, losing their last two games before heading into this one.

Keys to the Game:

–          The Iowa State Cyclones were brutalized last weekend against Oklahoma, the defense gave up 672 yards, while the offense was shutout, with a final score of 0-52. Alexander Robinson, the team’s senior running back was held to 39 rushing yards.

–          The Longhorns have outstanding depth in their running game, with players such as Foswhitt Whittaker, Cody Johnson, Tre’ Newton, and now the team’s quarterback has also become someone who’s not afraid run the ball down the field. Whittaker leads the team with 262 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while both Johnson and Newton have 3 touchdowns each.

–          Iowa State has been giving up an average of 32.9 points this season. Their only wins came against Northern Iowa, Texas Tech and Northern Illinois. Texas shouldn’t have a problem utilizing their running game against this defense.

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The Longhorns have only been giving up an average of 18.8 points by their opponents. Their defense has showed notable signs of improvement, especially with last week’s win. They will be heading back home for this game against Iowa State and they shouldn’t have a problem finding their key players throughout this one.

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