What: No. 25 Iowa State (5-2, 3-1) vs. No. 4 TCU (7-0, 4-0)
When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Jack Trice Stadium
Line: TCU (-7)
Chris Williams, Cyclone Fanatic Publisher
I hate to pee in everybody’s Corn Flakes but I just don’t like the way that TCU matches up with the Cyclones. It’s an elite rush defense, which means that Kyle Kempt is going to have to go out and win this game for the Cyclones. I’m not saying he can’t do it, but I have a hard time believing Iowa State will have much of a running game to rely on. Defensively, I’m fine with the Clones vs. TCU. The good news here and a way I could see Iowa State winning is exactly what I just picked apart. The Kyle Kempt factor. I re-watched the Texas game this week and saw Jacob Park forcing bad pass after bad pass. He didn’t get rid of the ball as quickly as needed. That’s really the strength of Kempt’s game. I knows that he can’t make every throw and gives playmakers opportunities. I see a good game in the fourth quarter but unfortunately, the Horned Frogs coming out on top.
THE PICK: TCU 27, Iowa State 20
Brent Blum, Cyclone Fanatic Columnist
I believe this one has a very similar setup to the Texas game in Ames. Low-scoring, evenly matched up front. So it will come down to quarterback play and for the time being, Kenny Hill seems a bit more proven than Kyle Kempt. Turnovers of course will be the difference and both have been great at taking care of the football. This has a chance to be a humdinger, I’ll go with my head over my heart and hope I’m wrong.
Jeff Woody, Cyclone Fanatic Analyst
THE PICK: TCU 20, Iowa State 17
Jay Jordan, Cyclone Fanatic Analyst
Kirk Haaland, Cyclone Fanatic Contributor
Rob Gray, Cyclone Fanatic Staff Writer
Snow? Shivers? The best team across all three phases ISU will face this season? Bring it all on. TCU’s defense concerns me more than its offense. If the Cyclones can get David Montgomery going a little bit on another likely slick day, I don’t see any reason why the defense can’t hold its own. One key play may swing this one and ISU’s earned our trust in this area.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Cyclone Fanatic Contributor
Jared Stansbury, Cyclone Fanatic Staff Writer
I don’t see this game being anything but a defensive slugfest that goes back and forth all afternoon. I’m not worried about Iowa State’s defense, but I am scared about the Cyclones’ ability to move the ball against one of the best defenses, and defensive minds, in the country. I’m just not sure TCU and quarterback Kenny Hill will be content with playing the Chinese water torture game Jeff Woody talked about on CFTV-Live earlier this week. I know the Cyclones and Kyle Kempt will be.