Texas Football: 4 reasons why Longhorns can dominate Iowa State

Quinn Ewers, Texas football. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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Byron Murphy II, Texas football
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Bulletin board material for Texas’ defensive line when they didn’t need any

Iowa State’s offense will have their hands full this weekend, facing the best defensive line in the Big 12. Texas boasts the two highest-graded interior defensive linemen in the FBS this season, redshirt senior T’Vondre Sweat and junior Byron Murphy II.

Sweat and Murphy were menacing again last weekend up front against TCU. They combined for over five quarterback pressures, two sacks, and three tackles for loss in the three-point win over the Horned Frogs.

It’s not like Sweat and Murphy needed any extra mental motivation to get up for this game against Iowa State in Week 12. But one Iowa State offensive lineman surely provided the Longhorns some bulletin board material entering the matchup.

Iowa State redshirt senior starting left guard Jarrod Hufford had quite the expressive quote during media availability this week regarding the matchup against Texas.

Between Hufford’s statement regarding facing the Longhorns’ defense this week and the saga involving defensive line coach Bo Davis after the loss in Ames for Texas two years ago, this will be a highly motivated group up front this weekend.

Iowa State’s offensive line could struggle against such a dominant Texas defensive front when it doesn’t have a single starting offensive linemen outside of Hufford that grades out among the top-half of players at the position in the Big 12.

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