4 reasons why Texas football could ravage Iowa State in Week 7

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Iowa State’s offense hasn’t gotten the job done this season

At a macro level, the Iowa State offense suffers from all sorts of issues. We already talked about the issues that Iowa State faced on the ground so far this season and how it could translate this weekend from a numbers perspective.

Yet, the story doesn’t get much better for the Cyclones when looking at the offense as a whole. Iowa State has struggled to move the ball this season as the offense is relying on an inconsistent sophomore quarterback that is also a first-year starter. The Cyclones rank at the bottom of the Big 12 in points per possession this season, while assuming the longest average time to score on offense. That’s not a recipe for success against a Texas offense that is rolling behind redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers.

The Iowa State offense doesn’t have many playmakers for the Longhorns to worry about. Star wideout Xavier Hutchinson and maybe sophomore slot receiver Jaylin Noel are about the only real threats posed to Texas’ pass defense in this game. Hutchinson is certainly one of the best wideouts in the Big 12, if not the entire country.

But there is only so much he can do.

The lack of effective skill weapons this season has greatly limited what Dekkers can do in the passing game. Add in the fact that he is taking more sacks than all but one other Big 12 quarterback at 15 (Texas Tech’s Donovan Smith with 18 sacks), and you get a recipe for a pretty stagnant Iowa State offense.

Dekkers is also turning the ball over too often (ranks second in the Big 12 with six picks this season).

All in all, I think Texas matches up very well with this Iowa State offense.