AMES, Iowa -- On paper, a trip to Iowa State would seem to be exactly what Texas Tech needs to get its wobbly season on track.In reality, playing the Cyclones on the road might not be that easy.Texas Tech (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) has lost five of its last six games, including a heartbreaker to Oklahoma State last week, and needs to win out to earn a bowl bid.But while Iowa State (2-8, 1-6) has also struggled in the Big 12, the matchups and the weather could give the Cyclones an edge.Iowa State rediscovered its running game in last weeks 31-24 win over the Jayhawks, rushing for a season-high 234 yards, and the Red Raiders have the worst rush defense in the league.Texas Tech also leans as much on its passing game as any team in the country, leading the Big 12 with 580 yards a game despite ranking last with just 105 of those on the ground.The reasons that might be such a big deal?The forecast for Saturday doesnt look promising, with temperatures in the low 40s and winds gusting up to 30 mph.Youve got to be ready to play wherever they place the ball down at whatever time. Youve got to be kind of trained for whatever. And whatever we end up, whatever the weather ends up doing, be ready to compete, Texas Techs Luke Stice said.Here are some of the main keys to follow as Tech looks to stay in the postseason picture:MAHOMES VS. THE CLONESTexas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown for 4,247 yards, far and away tops in the nation. But Iowa State ranks second in the Big 12 in passing defense, although to be fair part of that is because its also allowing 5.1 yards per carry. Still, only Baylor and Oklahoma have fewer yards per completion than the Cyclones in the league. When you look at their record its not indicative of how good a team they are. I think you look at the scores, theyve had teams beat and lost some close, tough games, Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury said.IOWA STATES IMPROVEMENTChanging Iowa States culture has always been more of an emphasis in 2016 than winning and losing for first-year coach Matt Campbell. But after dropping four Big 12 games by 10 points or fewer, the Cyclones were finally able to see their hard work pay off with a win last week. I still dont think weve played 60 minutes of our best football, Campbell said. I know its never going to be perfect. But there are things we can continue to control and continue to get better at, and we need too.HARGERS MOMENTFifth-year senior Mitchell Harger, a walk-on, unexpectedly spent a series as Iowa States lead back and rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Itll likely be the highlight of Hargers career after five years spent largely in the background. Just to have that moment, the touchdown...Id do it a million times over again, Harger said.THE SERIESIowa State and Texas Tech became new rivals when the Big 12 formed two decades ago. Its been a relatively lopsided series, with the Red Raiders coming out on top in 11 of 14 meetings. 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ATLANTA -- Lamar Jackson picked up another trophy for his marvelous season.The Louisville quarterback got a glimpse of the one he really wants.On a red-carpet night in Atlanta, Jackson captured the Maxwell Award as the nations top college player Thursday night and signaled himself as the clear favorite for the Heisman Trophy.Jackson already won the Walter Camp Award, also given to the best player.Im shocked. Ive got butterflies. I never had those before, the sophomore said, posing with his Maxwell Award after a ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame, where eight other award winners were announced.In an interesting twist, Clemsons Deshaun Watson claimed the Davey OBrien award as the nations top quarterback for the second year in a row -- beating out Jackson.Now its on to New York, where theyre both finalists for college footballs most prestigious individual award.Hes a tremendous player himself. Hes done lot of great things, Jackson said of Watson. If he does (win the Heisman), oh well. Best man.Both quarterbacks got a look at a 25-pound Heisman Trophy on display in the Hall of Fame.Jackson was impressed by the size.Its a big trophy, he said. Im going to need to do some more push-ups.Maybe not.Watson hasnt given up on his dream of claiming the Heisman before he heads off to the NFL. He wont return for his senior season, having already earned his college degree in just three years.I have a lot of confidence in the way Ive played over the course of the season, said Watson, who finished third in the Heisman race a year ago behind winner Derrick Henry of Alabama and runner-up Christian McCaffrey of Stanford.While the Maxwell voting is a solid indication of how the Heisman race might go, its no guarantee. In fact, only two of the last five winners -- Henry and Marcus Mariota in 2014 -- went on to capture the more illustrious award.Watson is holding out hope that hell pull out a come-from-behind victory over Jackson, who had been considered the overwhelming favorite until the Cardinals lost their last two games.Even with that, Jacksons numbers are mind-boggling. He passed for 3,390 yards and 30 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,538 yards and 21 TDs.Watson guided Clemson to another Atlantic Coast Conference championship and a second straight appearance in the College Football Playoff. The Tigers will meet Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal on New Years Eve.As for his Heisman chances, Watson said confidently, Im expecting to win. I always expect to have success.Hes already a huge success -- on and off the field. Watson took his last final exam Wednesday in a political communnication class.ddddddddddddext Thursday at this time, I will have a degree in hand and be a graduate, he said. It feels great.Also during the awards ceremony televised by ESPN:- Top-ranked Alabama picked up a couple of honors leading into its Peach Bowl semifinal against Washington, which will be held at the nearby Georgia Dome. End Jonathan Allen claimed the Chuck Bednarik Award as the top defensive player, while offensive tackle Cam Robinson earned the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman. Allens latest award -- he already won the Bronko Nagurski and Ted Hendricks -- further justified his decision to return to Tuscaloosa for his senior year. I couldnt imagine my senior season going better than this, he said.- DOnta Foreman provided a bright spot to Texas dismal season by winning the Doak Walker Award as the top college running back. He rushed for more than 2,000 yards and defied skeptics who said he would have to change position in college. With everything going on in our program, he said, referring to the firing of coach Charlie Strong, Im glad to bring this back to the Texas community.- Oklahomas Dede Westbrook claimed the Biletnikoff Award as the nations outstanding receiver after teaming with quarterback Baker Mayfield for 74 receptions, 1,465 yards and 16 touchdowns in a Big 12 championship season. Mayfield was a finalist for both the Maxwell and Davey OBrien but didnt win either.- Adoree Jackson of Southern Cal, decked out in a blue tux, picked up the Jim Thorpe Award as the nations best defensive back and doled out fashion tips afterward. One bit of advice: Dont spend a lot of money on the shoes. Im an H&M sort of guy, he said. 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