Did you know that former Kansas coach Mark Mangino is Iowa State’s offensive coordinator? In eight years at KU, Mangino went 50-48, no small achievement at that struggling program. After three years out of coaching, he resurfaced in 2013 as Youngstown State’s tight ends coach. And Mangino’s son, Tommy, is coaching Iowa State’s receivers.
Did you know that Iowa State opens its season against three-time FCS champion North Dakota State? The Cyclones hope to avoid pulling a Kansas State, which fell in last year’s opener to the Bison.
Did you know that on Monday, Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads is expected to announce his starting quarterback? All signs point to Sam Richardson reclaiming the role he had for the first eight games last year before injuries pressed Grant Rohach into action.
Game 7: Oct 18
TEXAS VS. IOWA STATE
DKR, 7 p.m., Longhorn Network
The back nine of the season should get easier for the Longhorns, who by this point will have played three teams currently ranked in the Top 10 — UCLA, Baylor and Oklahoma. Texas won’t get any sympathy from Iowa State, which gets zero breaks in its first games — North Dakota State, Kansas State, at Iowa, Baylor, at Oklahoma State, Toledo and then at Texas and Oklahoma. If things crater in Ames, it’s not unreasonable to think the Cyclones could have an interim coach when this game rolls around.
Last year, Case McCoy pushed in from the goal line with 48 seconds left, for Texas’ winning score. But the 31-30 victory was one that some observers felt the Longhorns didn’t deserve. Two plays before McCoy’s touchdown sneak, Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George appeared to have stripped running back Johnathan Gray of the ball. He the play been ruled a fumble, Texas would’ve lost and fallen to 2-3.
Last year, Iowa State started off 1-9 before picking up wins over Kansas and West Virginia to close the year. By any measurement, it was a failed season for Rhoads, who in his previous two years led the Cyclones to 6-6 regular seasons and bowl berths. After the year, Rhoads hired six new assistants.
Texas vs. Iowa State: FYI
Storylines: (1) Battle of attrition. Both teams will have played a taxing schedule. Could Texas, coming off the OU game, get caught sleepwalking? (2) Fumblegate. There’ll be a lot of chatter about last year’s non-fumble call at the goal line. (3) A prime-time game on LHN — the Longhorns are 7-1 in LHN games heading into this season.
All-time series: Texas leads, 10-1
Last time: Texas, 31-30 (2013)
Last year: Texas was 8-5, 7-2 in conference, and 4-2 at home (wins over New Mexico State, Kansas State, Kansas and Texas Tech; losses to Ole Miss and Oklahoma State). Iowa Stae was 3-9, 2-7 in conference and 2-4 on the road (wins at Tulsa and West Virginia; losses at Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma).
Texas vs. Iowa State, in Austin: 5-0
Texas vs. Iowa State, in Ames: 5-1
Kirk Bohls says: Texas wins.
Cedric Golden says: Texas wins.
Vegas says: No line yet.
Tomorrow’s game breakdown: At Kansas State, Oct. 25
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