The Iowa State Cyclones (4-7, 1-7 Big 12) will be trying to snap their two-game losing streak when they face the TCU Horned Frogs (11-0, 8-0 Big 12) on Saturday afternoon. The Cyclones are coming off a 14-10 loss to Texas Tech as 3.5-point underdogs. The Horned Frogs are coming off a 29-28 win over Baylor as 2.5-point favorites.
Iowa State and TCU split their last 10 meetings.
Cyclones Looking For UpsetThe Cyclones struggled this season and come into this game on a two-game losing streak. They have won three straight games against the Horned Frogs, and with TCU currently in the fourth playoff spot, they will try to keep them out of the running with a win on Saturday, which will give them their second road win of the season.
Iowa State is averaging 20.7 points per game. They are throwing for 270 yards and rushing for 103.4 yards per game.
Hunter Dekkers completed 66 percent of his passes for 294 yards and one touchdown in the loss to the Red Raiders. Cartevious Norton had 19 carries for 59 yards, while Xavier Hutchinson had eight catches for 101 yards.
Iowa State is one of the best defensive teams in the country, giving up 16.5 points per game. They gave up 14 points in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to win this game.
Horned Frogs Going For 12th Consecutive WinThe Horned Frogs survived a scare against Baylor to pick up their 11th win of the season. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Cyclones, which will give them their 12th win in a row and a spot in the Big 12 Championship game.
TCU is averaging 39.5 points per game. They are throwing for 277.5 yards and rushing for 204.6 yards per game.
Max Duggan completed 69 percent of his passes for 327 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the win over the Bears. He also had 50 rushing yards and one touchdown. Kendre Miller had 10 carries for 41 yards and one touchdown, while Taye Barber had five catches for 108 yards.
TCU has played well defensively, giving up 25.5 points per game. They gave up 28 points in their last game and will need to do a better job if they want to get the win.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Cyclones have lost seven of their last eight games and three of their last four road games. They aren’t very good offensively and they are one-dimensional, relying heavily on their passing game, which is 29th in the country. The Horned Frogs have a good run defense and don’t have to worry about the Cyclones killing them on the ground, which will allow them to focus on stopping them from throwing efficiently against them. The Horned Frogs have won 11 straight games and all five of their home games. They have a balanced attack that can hurt opponents through the air and on the ground. Unfortunately for them, the Cyclones are very good defensively. They are ninth in the country against the run and sixth against the pass. Even though the Horned Frogs will win this game, they won’t score a lot of points in this game, so go with the Cyclones to cover the spread.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Cyclones are averaging 20.7 points per game and 14 points per game at home. They averaged 44.6 points per game in their last three games against the Horned Frogs. With TCU giving up 25.5 points per game the Cyclones will hit their average in this game. The Horned Frogs are averaging 39.5 points per game and 45.8 points per game at home. They averaged 24 points per game in their last three games against the Cyclones. With Iowa State giving up 16.5 points per game, the Horned Frogs won’t score enough points to push the score over the total.