When No. 7 Texas goes on the road to face Iowa State on Saturday, it will be trying to keep its Big 12 Championship Game — and even College Football Playoff — hopes alive. The Longhorns survived a late scare from TCU in a 29-26 win in Week 11, though quarterback Quinn Ewers looked strong in his return from injury with 317 yards passing and a touchdown on 33 pass attempts.
Since starting the year 2-3, Iowa State has found its rhythm. The Cyclones have won four of their last five games, including a 45-13 victory over BYU last week. Quarterback Rocco Becht and running back Abu Sama III each posted two touchdowns as the Cyclones racked up 443 yards of total offense.
Iowa State has played Texas exceptionally well over the last several years. The Cyclones won three straight games from 2019-21, including a 30-7 decimation during the last matchup in Ames, Iowa, against a Steve Sarkisian team. Texas finally broke the streak last year with a 24-21 win, but it took All-American receiver Xavier Hutchinson dropping a wide open, and potentially game-winning, pass to survive. The final games in Ames could be a battle.
How to watch Texas vs. Iowa State live
Date: Saturday, Nov. 18 | Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Jack Trice Stadium — Ames, Iowa
TV: Fox | Live stream: Fubo (Try for free)
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Texas vs. Iowa State: Need to know
Big 12 title game implications: Iowa State got off to a slow start with two losses in nonconference play, but the Cyclones are nipping at the Longhorns’ heels. Texas sits in sole possession of first place in the Big 12 with a 6-1 conference mark, but Iowa State is one of four teams tied at 5-2. An ISU win could dramatically shake up the Big 12 title race and put the Longhorns’ title hopes in jeopardy heading into the final week of the regular season. None of that is to speak to Texas’ College Football Playoff dreams, which would be dashed with a loss. This is a must-win game for the Longhorns.
Major loss: Texas running back Jonathan Brooks was ruled out for the season after suffering a torn ACL against TCU. The loss is a devastating one as Brooks ranks No. 7 nationally with 1,139 yards rushing on just 187 rush attempts. With Brooks sidelined, the Longhorns will now rely on inconsistent freshman CJ…