TEXAS AT IOWA STATE
What you need to know: Texas, which is a 7 1/2-point favorite, has won four of its last six road games and is 9-1 all-time against Iowa State. So the Longhorns should emerge from Ames with a win. But if you’re into worrying, then you can dwell on the fact that starting quarterback David Ash will miss the game and the defense has had its early-season issues. … Daje Johnson is expected to play; he’s been out since the third play of the BYU game. … Talking Triplets: Texas’ offensive leaders are QB Case McCoy (36-57-330, 1/0), RB Johnathan Gray (66-350-3) and WR Mike Davis (20-223-4). Iowa State counters with QB Sam B. Richardson (70-112-757, 7/3), RB Aaron Wimberly (29-185-0) and WR Quenton Bundrage (13-186-3).
Three story lines:
1. Quarterbacks: Ash is out, so McCoy will make his eighth career start. But keep an eye on whether Tyrone Swoopes’ redshirt comes off; he’ll be Texas’ No. 2 quarterback, and Brown said the freshman would play if he’s needed. Jalen Overstreet, meanwhile, will be your No. 3 quarterback.
2. Seeking momentum: We know coaches and players like to play it one game at a time, but who are we kidding? Texas’ biggest game of the year is next week, vs. Oklahoma. Will the Longhorns head into the Red River Rivalry riding a two-game winning streak — or limping after a shocking road loss?
3. Getting defensive: Greg Robinson had all of last week to (a) finish getting acquainted with his new players, (b) figure out how to handle the season-ending loss to weakside linebacker Jordan Hicks and first-half suspension of middle linebacker Steve Edmond, and (c) hammer the fundamentals of tackling and more complicated coverage and blitz packages into the Longhorns. Did it pay off?
Thursday night’s chat: Our live game chat — at statesman.com/bevobeat — will be led by Deputy Sports Editor Richard Tijerina and staff writer Dave Behr. We’ll kick it off at 6 p.m., 30 minutes before the Longhorns and Cyclones kick off for real in Ames, and will continue to chat through the final whistle.