Keys to Victory: Texas

Iowa State continues on a challenging Big 12 course with Saturday morning's kickoff against nationally-ranked Texas. Here are three keys to a Cyclone victory, according to CN senior writer Bill Seals.

Get started early

Against a Texas team fuming after suffering a blowout of its own against Oklahoma, the Longhorns figure to be ready to go on the opening kickoff against Iowa State. However, if the Cyclones can start fast and get an early edge, Texas could also go the other way very easily.

The Cyclones didn't get that fast start in Austin last fall, offensively, but did manage to hold the Horns to just seven points in the first half. ISU will need both sides of the ball clicking early and often tomorrow, and some turnovers on defense would not hurt matters. The Cyclones recorded four turnovers last week against Texas Tech and found themselves in contention.

Give Cris Love the ball

The man who gave the ISU offense some much-needed relief in the second quarter last Saturday was in a week-long battle with Austin Flynn to see who starts versus Texas. It's my belief that Love should get the call, especially after coming off the bench to pass for 262 yards and a pair of scores in Lubbock.

A corps of receivers called the best the Cyclones have had in recent years is being badly under-utilized through six games, and Love may be the way to go this weekend. Any yards Dan McCarney's team gets likely won't be on the ground. ISU finds itself scrapping the running game once again this fall after only tallying 85 yards on 30 carries against the nation's 75th-ranked ground defense.

Texas still reeling from last weekend

As if it weren't bad enough getting blown out by Oklahoma in the first place, many teams have found themselves in a funk for weeks after getting whipped by the Sooners. Just ask Seneca Wallace and company after getting hammered 49-3 in Norman last fall. Granted, ISU got the same treatment again this fall, but so did the Longhorns…and just last weekend.

The Cyclones have also played Texas well over the years and will again hope that UT has its minds more on what happened last weekend in Dallas than what's going on this weekend in Ames.

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