September 26, 2012
Tech's OL will be tested
Texas Tech's running game has looked effective this year. But so have Iowa State's linebackers in A.J. Klein and Jake Knott.
The Red Raiders have much more depth at the receiver positions than the Cyclones do, but Iowa State has more experienced cornerbacks and Jacques Washington at safety whom Tech's offensive coordinator Neal Brown calls an NFL talent.
Tech has quarterback Seth Doege who has been very effective in the passing game and Iowa State has Steele Jantz who has been great in balancing out the Cyclone's offense.
Tech's defense remains largely untested after three non-conference games; Iowa State's defense has proven a little bit more against a better non-conference schedule.
The Red Raiders have the better offense on the whole and despite the Red Raiders' No. 1 ranked defense the Cyclones seem more tested on that side of the ball.
This game looks about as dead even in the matchup department as it could.
The answer to the game might come in the trenches between Tech's offensive line and Iowa State's front seven.
"The biggest difference between non-conference defensive lines and Big 12 defensive lines is as an offensive line you have to really have less room for error," senior left tackle La'Adrian Waddle said. "We know that we have to perfect our technique, take care of business as we prepare for Iowa State, come off the ball hard, know our assignments and basically kick some...'
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