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Iowa State pasted Kansas State 45-0 last week, raising their record to a conference leading 6-1 (6-2 overall) with an inside track to the Big 12 title game. All they have to do is beat Texas and handle West Virginia at home to secure a guaranteed berth. In fact, they could lose one of those games and still get in. But that’s unlikely.
Texas also controls its own destiny. And perhaps its own density if Keondre Coburn is any indication.
The thing is that Iowa State isn’t all that great. This isn’t the same team that was whipped by Louisiana in Ames, but they’ve largely played common Longhorn opponents very similarly, eking out narrow wins over Oklahoma, TCU, and Baylor while dropping one to Oklahoma State. The difference is that this feels like a flawed team getting better on both sides of the ball, while Texas is…anyone’s guess? Particularly after a three week bye.
New Michigan Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell will have his team ready to play and Texas will need to match the intensity of a confident Cyclone team playing for its place in history.
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