Iowa State and Texas Tech start the Big 12 season on Saturday in battle of 3-0 teams.
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Iowa State is 3-0 going into Saturday's Big 12 opener against 3-0 Texas Tech.
There are two signs in the Tech locker room this week. Those signs say, 41-7 and 52-38, the scores of Iowa State's wins over the Red Raiders the last two years. The Cyclones opened up leads of 21-0 and 24-0 on Tech in their last two meetings. But this might be a different Tech team.
The Red Raiders rank first in the country in total defense, but they've beaten Northwestern State, Texas State and New Mexico. Last year, Tech's defense was one of the worst in the country, ranking 114th.
Tech QB Seth Doege has thrown for 12 TD's and over 800 yards in their three wins.
"He hardly throws any incompletions and he hardly throws any interceptions, pretty good qualities for a quarterback to possess," said ISU head coach Paul Rhoads. "With that, they're scoring 50-plus points a game and really executing very, very well. He's a big part of it. He's a good football player."
"We've played a lot more run teams in the first three games," said ISU defensive lineman Jake McDonough. "I think Tech's going to bring a different pace to the table and we'll have to adapt to it."
Iowa State and Texas Tech kickoff at 6 o'clock on Saturday night. The game is on Fox College Sports.
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