It sounds preposterous, but Iowa State can beat Texas Tech this weekend in Ames. Can, probably won't, but can. The Cyclones may be the most annoying team in the Big 12, an impressive feat considering how many pretender teams this conference features (looking at you, Kansas, Colorado, Baylor).
The Red Raiders are favored by 7 points against Iowa State.
Tech hasn't played since its loss in Lubbock against UT. The Red Raiders offense was neutered that evening, gaining just 144 yards. Expect that number to go up quite a bit against ISU.
This game comes down to whether ISU QB Austen Arnaud (left) is actually healthy and can play effectively. If he can, the Cyclones can stay in this game. He's been playing with a bruised left shoulder, and played one series in ISU's most recent game, a win against Northern Iowa. If backup QB Jerome Tiller plays, TT should pull away in the second half.
If Arnaud plays, the game will be uncomfortable.
Texas Tech badly wins to win its next four games - Iowa State, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Colorado before going to College Station on Oct. 30 in a game that could decide who finishes third, maybe even second, in the South.
- Mac Engel
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