NCAA Football Pick: Texas vs. Iowa State

Texas vs. Iowa State Pick and Preview

Matchup: Texas Longhorns vs. Iowa State Cyclones

Date/Time: October 3rd, 7:30 ET

Television: ESPN

College Football Odds from BetDSI

Point Spread: Texas -9

Total: Off

The 2013 NCAA football betting campaign continues on Thursday night with the Texas Longhorns and the Iowa State Cyclones squaring off from Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, IA in a battle of two teams that are trying to turn their seasons around in the Big XII.

Texas is one of these teams that has a lot of work to do. Head Coach Mack Brown knows that he might have to win the Big XII this year if he wants to keep his job, or he might go by the wayside the same way that Lane Kiffin did last week. Losing this game would be detrimental to the future of his coaching career, and he has his work cut out for him in this one to get QB Case McCoy ready to play. McCoy hasn’t looked great this year, but he is really the only option that Texas has to bring to the table at this point. QB David Ash suffered a second concussion on the season two weeks ago against the Kansas State Wildcats, and he isn’t going to be ready to go in this one. On the plus side, RB Jonathan Gray is coming off of one of the best games of his career, and he is now up to 350 yards and three TDs on the ground, but more importantly, he is averaging 5.3 yards per tote on the season.

The Horns though, are going to have a real problem if their run defense rears its ugly head once again on Thursday night. The Cyclones don’t have the best rushing attack in the world, but as they proved last week on national television against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, they do have the ability to put points on the board in bunches on the ground. ISU had three rushing TDs last week and over 200 yards on the ground, and if that’s what it is going to do in this game, it can pull off the upset. All eyes of course, are going to be on QB Sam Richardson, though. Richardson has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 757 yards with seven scores and three picks thus far on the year, and he has 111 yards on the ground as well. The key is going to be getting RB Aaron Wimberly going, as he had his first 100+ yard game of his career last week against Tulsa. He’s up to 185 on the year, and he’s averaging 6.4 yards per carry.

The Longhorns failed to cover their four games that were played in October last season, and they could be in some trouble in this one as well. The Cyclones haven’t won a game at home in this series since these two teams came together in this conference, but they do have an SU win in Austin in 2010 as 21-point underdogs. Don’t same that we didn’t warn you. It could happen again.

Texas Longhorns vs. Iowa State Cyclones Pick: Iowa State Cyclones +9

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