After an exciting first couple of weeks in the college football season, teams will head into Week 3 with conference play now getting started. TCU came into the season as the betting odds favorite to win the Big 12, but a 1-1 start to the season has cast some doubts on their ability to get the job done. They have what looks to be an easier game this coming weekend, with the winless Iowa State Cyclones heading into Texas. The general consensus here is that TCU will get conference play off to a winning start, but these are the types of games that can be of the banana peel variety. The Horned Frogs defense has seemed incapable of stopping anyone this season, and it’s already looking as though that might be their Achilles heel this year. They are going against a rather anemic looking offense this week, though, so this might be the kind of game that they need to give themselves a little bit of a boost on the defensive side of the ball.
Analyzing The Cyclones at Horned Frogs College Football Expert Predictions
When: Saturday, September 17 at 12 PM EST
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
NCAAF Odds: Horned Frogs -24½
Why bet on the Iowa State Cyclones
The Iowa State Cyclones are a team with a major problem, which is that they cannot seem to get any points on the board. They started out the season as a 9.5-point favorite against Northern Iowa, yet somehow managed to lose 25-20. The followed that up by getting thumped 42-3 by the Iowa Hawkeyes, and they must now be wondering what they have to do to get a win. They actually have some decent pieces in their offense, so there really is no reason why they should be struggling this way. A game against TCU may be just what the doctor ordered, as the Horned Frogs are a team that have been unable to stop giving up points. Not sure the Cyclones can win this one, but they can get a little shot of confidence on the offensive side of the ball.
Why bet on the TCU Horned Frogs
We have known for a few years now that this is a team that can put some big numbers on the board on offense, and that is usually more than enough to get them by in most weeks. The bad news so far this season is that the defense has just not been living up to their side of the bargain. TCU should have seen the warning signs after giving up 41 points to South Dakota State in Week 1, but they didn’t, and it ended up costing them late, as Arkansas rallied to win 41-38 in the second game of the season for TCU. This team is going to put up some big point again this week, but the question is whether or not they can keep Iowa State off the board.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
TCU has beaten Iowa State by a combined score of 100-23 over the past two seasons, so there is nothing to suggest that the Cyclones will spring the upset this weekend. I like TCU to win, and to cover the 27 points.