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Will Iowa cold affect the Longhorns?

Texas plays at Iowa State on Saturday, and the Longhorns still have a shot at the Big 12 Championship Game. But they will be facing more than a good Cyclones team. Temperatures in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday are projected to be in the 30s for the 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

Herman served as the Iowa State offensive coordinator from 2009-11 and well remembers the Iowa weather.

“It’s a lot like the people in Texas in the summer,” Herman said. “They tell you, ‘man, this is the hottest summer I can remember. Then the very next year, ‘man, this is the hottest summer I can remember.’ That’s how the winters were in Iowa.

“I remember the snow drifts. We had a walkout basement. Not being able to walk out of the walkout basement for a good few months.”

But Herman said moreso than the cold, the wind often is a factor in Ames.

“And that’s regardless of temperature,” Herman said. “The wind certainly affects your kicking game and passing game. But the temperature, we just gotta make sure it’s not a distraction.”

Herman said temperatures in Austin on Tuesday is projected to be in the 40s, so the Longhorns will practice outside to prepare.

“As long as you don’t let it be a distraction, I don’t think it affects anything you do from a gameplan standpoint,” Herman said.

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Oklahoma State cornerback A.J. Green, bottom, trips up Iowa State running back Breece Hall during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

Oklahoma State cornerback A.J. Green, bottom, trips up Iowa State running back Breece Hall during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

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