That game absolutely looked like two heavily flawed teams with conference title hopes leaving everything they had on the field in pursuit of a big win. Evidently Iowa State's bad luck streak was no match for Texas' horrendous initial game plan and then end of game management.
If you're feeling pretty confident in the Texas offense (I am) and you think the Texas defense can stop conventional running attacks (probably), then assessing opponent QB play is paramount in reasonably predicting the rest of the season. It's very early with a lot of football yet to be played, but I've got a pretty decent sense of the landscape.
Texas secured a good victory that included some nice stats for star Sam Ehlinger and a lot of snaps for freshman and back-ups. Several players that will likely redshirt this season got in on the action in this contest.
The real story of the LSU game and potentially this season was Texas' spread passing attack. The Longhorns torched the Tigers from empty formations in a fashion reminiscent of the 2008 or 2009 Longhorns under Colt McCoy. A really good empty passing attack led by a mobile QB that can read defenses and react quickly can be truly nightmarish for opponents.