After eight weeks of college football, there is a contest between two Big 12 teams who have exceeded preseason expectation. These teams are the TCU Horned Frogs and the Iowa State Cyclones. Both teams started the season with bowl game expectations but no one expected TCU to be competing for a national championship. TCU was unranked in preseason rankings and was expected to finish in the middle of the Big 12 standings. Iowa State started the season with hopes of reaching its first bowl game since 2011. Unexpectedly, Iowa State is currently ranked and boast a 5-2 record. With Iowa State’s solid home field advantage, expect this game to be closer than expected.
The TCU Horned Frogs are currently 6-0 and are looking to prove that they are indeed a top four team in all of college football. In six of their seven games, TCU has won by at least 13 points and have looked like an elite team in college football. Last year, TCU thrashed Iowa State 41-20 and will look to do the same this Saturday.
TCU’s success is due to quarterback Kenny Hill. So far this season, Hill has 15 touchdowns with only three interceptions. Hill has been extremely accurate in the pocket this season and has a completion percentage of 70.2 to prove it. Last season, Hill threw 13 interceptions and was pretty poor in the realm of ball security. However, those issues look to be behind Hill and TCU is in title contention as a result.
Iowa State’s success is due to backup quarterback Kyle Kempt. This season, Jacob Park was named the starting quarterback before eventually leaving the Cyclones team for “medical reasons.” His absence turned out to be a blessing in disguise as Kempt took over after Park’s departure. As the starter, Kempt has thrown for seven touchdowns and only one interception. Kempt has also developed quite a connection with star receiver Allen Lazard. In just three games, this combo has already generated two touchdowns through the air and will look to do more against this TCU secondary.
As for my prediction, I have to side with TCU. Although Kempt looks like a solid quarterback, I think that TCU is the better all-around team. Iowa State has a great home-field advantage but I expect Hill to make some big throws in clutch situations to give the Horned Frogs the victory. I think TCU wins by a touchdown.
TCU vs. Iowa State: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: TCU vs. Iowa State
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Start Time: 3:30 P.M. EST
Location: Jack Trice Stadium in Ames Park, IA
How to Watch TCU vs. Iowa State On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream TCU vs. Iowa State on the ABC app.