College football can be an incredibly cruel sport, as it’s possible for the playoff hopes and dreams of the playoff contenders to be over before the season really gets rolling. One loss in the early going is damaging, but 2 of them in the opening month of the season almost certainly means that there will be no postseason in the future for the said team. When that happens, the team in question can head in one of two directions: they can choose to continue putting in a solid effort and getting as many wins as possible, or they can throw in the towel and basically sleepwalk their way through the rest of the season.
This is something that we certainly need to consider with the TCU Horned Frogs, who have made a bit of a disaster start to the season. Their playoff hopes are dead, and they have what looks to be a tricky one this weekend with the Iowa State Cyclones coming to town. The Horned Frogs are in as a 10 ½ -point favorite, with the point total set at 46 ½.
Iowa State at TCU NCAA Football Week 5 Odds & Game Preview
In its last 14 games, the Iowa State defense is giving up on average 6.9 points in the second half. #WinInTheDark🌪🏈🌪 pic.twitter.com/iusvSr3B6J — Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) 27 de septiembre de 2018
- When: Saturday, September 29, 7 PM EST
- Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth
- TV: ESPNU
- Radio: TuneIn
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- NCAA Football Week 5 Odds: TCU -10.5 (Total 46.5)
- Partly Cloudy: 24°C/76°F
- Humidity: 79%
- Precipitation: 10%
- Cloud Cover: 42%
- Wind: 8 mph SE
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Iowa State Cyclones?
The Cyclones finally got their first win of the season last week after losing their opening 2 games of the season. While it was certainly nice to get the win, there are sure to still be some concerns about the performance on the offensive side of the football. Iowa State is averaging less than 19 PPG through their first 3 games, which may help explain why they have only been able to cover the spread once this season.
They did manage to put up 26 points against Akron in the win, but they didn’t really come close to covering the 19 ½-point spread in the 26-13 win. The Cyclones have not had much luck against TCU, winning just 2 of their last 9 meetings. They have but a single win in their last 5 trips to Fort Worth, so they certainly seem to be up against it here.
- Average Score For: 18.67
- Total Yards: 333.33
- Rush Yards: 79.33
- Passing Yards: 254.00
- Average Score Against: 21.00
- Total Yards: 344.66
- Rush Yards: 122.33
- Passing Yards: 222.33
Why bet on the TCU Horned Frogs?
This is going to be a game that may well define what TCU is going to deliver for the rest of the season. They need to find a way to break out of a 2-game losing skid, with back to back losses against Ohio State and Texas. Those losses have taken them out of playoff contention in a big way, so it may become a little tougher for this team to get up for the remaining games this season.
They are just 2-2 ATS through their first 4 games of the year, but they will be hoping to turn things around at home, where they have won 8 of their last 9 games. Covering at home has not been the trend, though, as TCU is 4-13 ATS in their last 17 home tilts. The play here may well be the UNDER, with each of the last 5 meetings between these two going that route.
- Average Score For: 35.25
- Total Yards: 443.75
- Rush Yards: 206.50
- Passing Yards: 237.25
- Average Score Against: 22.50
- Total Yards: 330.00
- Rush Yards: 127.25
- Passing Yards: 202.75
Iowa State vs TCU NCAA Football Week 5 Betting Trends
- Iowa State is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
- Iowa State is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Iowa State’s last 6 games
- Texas Christian is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
- Texas Christian is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas Christian’s last 5 games when playing Iowa State
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Iowa State at TCU
I do like TCU to bounce back and get the win here, although I am not entirely convinced that they will be able to cover the spread.
Score: Iowa State Cyclones 21 – TCU Horned Frogs 28