Like most offenses Texas has faced, Iowa State runs a shotgun, no-huddle offense. Coached by former Oklahoma OC and Kansas HC Mark Mangino, the Iowa State offense runs out of various shotgun sets, including two back, single back, pistol and offset FB/TE.
Iowa Stateâ€™s defense may be one of the worst (statistically) that Texas will face this season, specifically against the rush. The Cyclones run a basic 4-3 defense, and the DB’s provide a big cushion to the receivers prior to the snap. Their cushion allows for short passes to be completed, but helps to prevent WR’s from burning past the secondary for deep passes.
Iowa State has a very good field goal kicker, Cole Netten, who is 100% this year on field goals (7/7 with a long of 47 yards). In 33 punts, the Cyclones have averaged 40.30 yards (20th nationally) and have not recorded a touchback.
The Cyclones are average on punt and kick returns, but have only given up one long kick return this year (Oklahoma State).
Texas QB/WR/TE’s v. ISU DB’s:
Last week Texasâ€™ Swoopes showed what heâ€™s capable of when heâ€™s on his game. This week, the Longhornsâ€™ passing game has a very good matchup in terms of the type of their desired style of passing game. Regardless of the fact that ISU only gives up 234 yards through the air per game, Swoopes has an opportunity to find open receivers early and often with the big cushion that the Cyclones give to receivers.