Two Big 12 teams clash amid slumps in Week 12 as the Iowa State Cyclones head home to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-5) at Iowa State Cyclones (4-6)
How to see:
- Date: Saturday, November 19th
- time: 7:00 ET
- channel: FS1
- Spread: ISU -3.5 (-110)
- About Below: 47.5 (-110)
With just two games left in the season, Iowa State is in dire need of a win to keep its season alive.
Bowl fever will sweep Ames, Iowa Saturday when the Cyclones take on the Red Raiders. With bowl courts still up for grabs, the Cyclones are looking for that elusive fifth win that could be the season-ending decider. Texas Tech is looking to secure a spot in the bowl game with its sixth win.
Momentum is in Texas Tech’s favor as the team clinches a big win over Kansas. On the other hand, Iowa State faces another tough Big 12 loss, giving up five turnovers en route to a loss to Oklahoma State.
The state of Iowa has struggled through the Big 12 season to get something going, sitting at 1-6 a year. Saturday is the final opportunity to prove to a home crowd that Matt Campbell and company are here to stay.
Saturday will also be Senior Night in Ames, giving Iowa State veterans time to shine. The Cyclones’ defense was led by the upper class, so they go out and play hard against the Red Raiders. As the season wraps up, Iowa State’s defense still tops the Big 12 despite a lack of offense and wins.
Texas Tech has been hot and cold all year, hitting big wins here and there but losing in cheap matchups. The Big 12 has been a tough conference to pull off wins, and both Texas Tech and Iowa State are feeling that.
Texas Tech won two of its last four games, falling to TCU, which is currently a top-five team, and Baylor. The Red Raiders blew up West Virginia, the only Big 12 team to beat Iowa State.
If the Cyclones are to have any chance of winning, the offensive problems must be solved. The Cyclones put on another lackluster performance against the Cowboys, turning the ball over several times.
Texas Tech leads 12-8 overall against Iowa State going into Saturday. However, Iowa State leads the record when teams play at Jack Trice Stadium.
The Cyclones were heartbroken by Texas Tech last season and lost 41-38. The Red Raiders kicked a 62-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the game to exit the game with a win. That equaled the longest kick ever taken against the Cyclones.
Regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s game, both teams are in for a cold, hard-fought night. With so much at stake, it should be as competitive as any game so far in the Big 12 season.
players to know:
Xavier Hutchinson – State of Iowa, WR
Season statistics 2022: 1,059 yards, 6 touchdowns, 97 receptions
Hutchinson capped his historic season in the final game by breaking the Iowa State career record and overtaking Allen Lazard’s 241 catches. Hutchinson will continue to rise in the Big 12 career receptions rankings in the last two games as he is four receptions away from No. 10.
It’s clear that Hutchinson is the heart and soul of offense. While Hunter Dekkers struggles to keep the ball out of opposing defenders’ hands, Hutchinson needs to continue to succeed for the team to thrive.
TJ Tampa – State of Iowa, CB
Season statistics 2022: 36 tackles, eight defended passes, one interception
Tampa really held its own throughout the season. He entered the season as a core member of the fledgling cornerback room. With the help of veteran players in the defensive backroom, Tampa has excelled in his new role and has emerged as a key player on defense.
The young corner should be set for another good game at Jack Trice. It’s easy to expect the seniors to excel on defense, but Tampa will be in a good position to do its job and give the seniors a great send-off.
SaRodorick Thompson & Tahj Brooks – Texas Tech, RBs
Season statistics 2022: 1,079 combined yards, 11 combined touchdowns
The Texas Tech running back duo was electric during the Big 12 season. It seems like the two that take the majority of the reps but both produce seem to switch off. Both running backs scored touchdowns in the recent win against Kansas.
Iowa State has great running defense and knocked out the most explosive running backs in the conference. Thompson and Brooks’ one-two might be too much for the Cyclones.
Krishon Merriweather – Texas Tech, LB
Season statistics 2022: 88 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles
As the Iowa State defense prepares to put on a dominant display in their final home game of the year, Texas Tech’s defense also needs to be bolstered. Merriweather has been a consistent part of Texas Tech’s defense and should be set for another great game.
Merriweather’s ability to get to quarterback and make big plays should come in handy against an Iowa State team who are suffering a five-turn loss to Oklahoma State. With how much Dekkers gave up the ball, Merriweather should be there for a day.
- Jirehl Brock, ISU Running Back: Broken foot. Out for the season.
- Malik Verdon, ISU cornerback: foot surgery. Out for the season
- Behren Morton, Texas Tech quarterback: Available to play in an emergency situation. Tyler Sough begins.