There is no immediate blueprint on how to get over a loss like this
Iowa State Player to Watch
Scrappy teams rarely win national championships. On the other hand, scrappy teams tend to play spoiler and ruin a powerful team's championship chances.
The Cyclones are disciplined and play tremendous defense to stay in games and hold a +3 turnover margin.
The defense is led by senior linebacker Jeremiah George who is second in the Big 12 averaging 10 tackles per game. George has 18 solo tackles and 1.5 sacks. Right behind him in the stat line is teammate Jacques Washington with 38 tackles.
Right next to George will be a familiar name. Jake Knott is in the NFL now, so Texas Tech doesn't have to worry about him. Knott's younger brother, Luke, is a freshman who starts for the Cyclones and is making a huge impact.
The Red Raiders have a young line. Beau Carpenter is back, but the line is still full of youth featuring zero seniors. The only two things consistent at quarterback for Texas Tech are wins and injuries. Add a dismal year from running backs Kenny Williams and Deandre Washington and it could be a long day.
In the highly offensive Big 12, the Cyclones have managed keep opponents under 36 points in regulation every game since Oct. 15, 2011. That is the nation's second longest streak. The defense is currently sixth in the nation in fumble recoveries with seven.
Iowa State can beat Texas Tech if the Cyclones stay disciplined and play sound defense. The defense is among the best in the Big 12 and it starts with co-captain Jeremiah George.
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