TCU vs. Iowa State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 29
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Iowa State (1-2) vs. TCU (2-2) Game Preview
One Reason Why Iowa State Will Win
Just how demoralized is TCU?
It got all hot and bothered for the big game against Ohio State, only to let down late. And then it barely showed up last week in a loss to Texas. Now, Iowa State needs this win at 1-2, and even though the Horned Frogs might be fired up after losing in last year’s game, it’s still rough to come off of two losses like this team har been through.
The Cyclones are going to need a little help, and that’s where the takeaways have to come in.
How did TCU lose to Texas by 15? Four giveaways including three picks. That’s coming off a three turnover day against the Buckeyes. In all, TCU has turned it over nine times in the three games against FBS teams, going a -8 in turnover margin.
Iowa State’s defense hasn’t been able to come up with a whole slew of big plays, but this is the time to start.
The D is just strong enough against the run to keep the Horned Frogs from taking control of the game, and the offense isn’t going to start giving up picks. As long as the Cyclones can grind this out, they have a shot.
One Reason Why TCU Will Win
There’s still no Iowa State running game after three weeks.
David Montgomery is trying to do his part, and he ran for 107 yards against Akron, but it took 23 carries to get there. There’s not enough of a push from the line with everyone teeing off on the ground attack.
Zeb Noland might have thrown for 360 yards against Oklahoma, but after two straight tough performances, watch out for the TCU secondary to bounce back. It’s overdue to generate a pick or two, and it’s not going to allow the big plays it did against Ohio State and Texas.
The Cyclones just aren’t moving the ball efficiently enough. Don’t convert on third downs or go on long marches against this Horned Frog D, and it’s a long day.
What’s Going To Happen
TCU might be down after the last two games, but it’ll perk up at home this week, at least defensively.
The offense can’t quite seem to find its rhythm, but the line will have a good game, Shawn Robinson will get time to throw, and the early scores will be there. TCU won’t win in a blowout, but it’ll get a complete game from all three phases.
Fearless Prediction & Line
TCU 30, Iowa State 20
Line: TCU -10.5, o/u: 47
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3
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