It was a difficult Week 2 for both the Horned Frogs and Cyclones, but for different reasons. Now each tries to bounce back to start out the Big 12 season. Check out the TCU vs. Iowa State fearless prediction and game preview.
TCU (1-1) vs. Iowa State (0-2) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 17th
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Why Iowa State Will Win
Eventually, this offense is going to start to work. There are way too many good parts in place to be this bad, with no groove and no production coming on a consistent basis. QB Joel Lanning and the receiving corps are good enough to eventually make the passing game start to roll, but it’s the running attack that has to get going.
By TCU’s standards, the defense has been a hot mess so far, especially in the secondary giving up three touchdown passes in each of the first two games and not coming up with a pick. At this point, it’s time for Iowa State to let it rip, but first …
Why TCU Will Win
The Cyclone offensive line has to be far, far better. It was supposed to be the weakest link on the O, and it’s been just that so far allowing six sacks and paving the way for a mere 177 rushing yards. Star RB Mike Warren has only been able to gain 58 yards with nowhere to run, and while the passing attack might have some good pieces, it’s not working year for the nation’s 127th-ranked scoring offense.
TCU might have issues on defense, but the offense has been cranked up with Kenny Hill – throat-slashing gesture against Arkansas aside – being absolutely brilliant, leading the team in rushing with five scores, while hitting 66% of his passes for 816 yards and three scores. A few early TCU scoring drives might end this fast.
What’s Going To Happen?
After the way the first two games have gone for both teams, each coaching staff needs something different to happen to get to their respective goals. Iowa State needs to start making positive strides forward under new head coach Matt Campbell, and TCU needs its defense to step up to have any shot at the Big 12 title.
Iowa State just can’t score. TCU’s attack will get hot early against a decent Cyclone secondary, but the running game will take over as the game goes on to keep the defense off the field. The Horned Frog pass rush will dominate.
TCU vs. Iowa State Prediction
Final Score: TCU 37, Iowa State 13
Line: TCU -23, o/u: 64