The No. 17 Texas Longhorns (7-2, 4-2) may have the least impressive resume of the top 7-2 teams in the country, but they have plenty to play for with three games left in the season.
At 5-4 (2-4 in the Big 12), the Iowa State Cyclones will be in Austin for the first Big 12 game ever to be broadcast on the lucrative Longhorn Network. With bowl eligibility on the line for ISU, there is the added incentive to leave Austin with the upset.
The Cyclones have been able to push Texas in the past, but the Longhorns have a lot of momentum after snatching an upset of their own against Texas Tech and could be sharpening things up for a late-season hurrah. With the Texas program losing one of its iconic figures in Darrell K. Royal, the added emotions could be an advantage or a hindrance.
Still, the Longhorns will have to show up.
Here are five keys to the matchup with ISU.