TCU is Slight Favorite in College Football Odds for Week 9 vs. Iowa State.

TCU is Slight Favorite in College Football Odds for Week 9 vs. Iowa State

Written by on October 25, 2017

In college football, there really is no time to relax. In other sports, you can have a division or a playoff spot clinched with a couple of weeks to go, but in the college game, the fight for the four playoff divisions always goes down to the final week. If anything, the pressure on the teams sitting in those coveted four spots continues to build with each passing week until it gets to the point where one or two of them crack under the strain, no matter what the College Football odds says. There really is no such thing as a straightforward, easily winnable game at this stage of the season, and it’s fair to say that #4 ranked TCU have it tougher than most this week, as the NCAAF betting lines indicate, with a very tricky trip to Ames to face the Iowa State Cyclones. The Horned Frogs have been great this season, but they will be facing a Cyclones team that always seems to up their game when going against a bigger opponent. There are a few teams hovering just outside the top 4, and a slip-up here by TCU could let one of them in. The Horned Frogs are a 6 ½ point favorite for this one, with the point total set at 49.

TCU vs. Iowa State College Football Odds & Week 9 Game Preview

  • When: Saturday, October 28 at 3:30 PM EST
  • Where: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames
  • TV: ESPN 2
  • Radio: 105.5 FM (TCU) / 107.3 FM (Iowa State)
  • Live Stream: Watch ESPN
  • College Football Odds for Week 9: TCU -6.5 (Over/Under at 48.5 points)

Weather Forecast

  • Partly Cloudy: 4°C/39°F
  • Humidity: 65%
  • Precipitation: 11%
  • Cloud Cover: 57%
  • Wind: 17 mph NW
  • Stadium Type: Open

North Carolina at Miami NCAAF Spread & Game Info for Week 9

Series History

  • Total Meetings: 8
  • First Meeting: September 9, 1995. Iowa State 10 – TCU 27
  • Last Meeting: September 17, 2016. Iowa State 20 – TCU 41
  • All-Time Series: TCU leads 7-1
  • Largest Margin of Victory: TCU by 52 points (2014)
  • Longest Win Streak: TCU winning 4
  • Current Win Streak: TCU winning 4 since 2013

Why consider the Horned Frogs College Football Odds?

The Horned Frogs are proving to be more than worthy of their #4 national ranking, with very big wins over Oklahoma State and West Virginia under their belts this season. Offensively, this team has not missed a beat all season long, but there have been times when they have looked a little shaky on the defensive side of the football. They have only given up a total of 6 points in their last two games, although those wins did come against teams that they were expected to beat comfortably. This is a much bigger test for TCU, and given that there are a lot of big-name schools breathing down their necks, you have to believe that it is a must win if TCU is planning to make it into the college football playoff. The Horned Frogs are 5-2 ATS this season, but perhaps more importantly, they are 3-0 ATS in road games. They are also a very healthy 7-1 SU in their last 8 meetings with Iowa State.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Average Score For: 41.57
  • Total Yards: 466.29
  • Rush Yards: 198.29
  • Passing Yards: 268.00
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 14.86
  • Total Yards: 291.28
  • Rush Yards: 80.71
  • Passing Yards: 210.57

Why consider the Iowa State Cyclones College Football Odds?

The only way to effectively keep the Horned Frogs in check is to slow down their high-powered offense, and the Iowa State Cyclones may already have proven that they have what it takes to do just that. They faced the Texas Tech Red Raiders, another team that knows how to score, last weekend and held them to just 13 points. That victory extended their win streak to 3 in a row, a run of games that saw them yield just 44 points on defense. Iowa State will face TCU in Week 9 as College Football Odds underdog. During that run, the Cyclones took out another big scalp in the form of the Oklahoma Sooner, so you can be sure that the Horned Frogs are looking at this team and not taking anything for granted. The Cyclones are on a good run right now, going 4-1 SU and ATS in their last 5 games.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Average Score For: 35.00
  • Total Yards: 400.43
  • Rush Yards: 121.43
  • Passing Yards: 279.00
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 20.43
  • Total Yards: 353.29
  • Rush Yards: 120.43
  • Passing Yards: 232.86

Latest College Football Betting Trends for Week 9

  • Horned Frogs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on the road
  • Horned Frogs are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Texas Christian’s last 9 games on the road
  • Cyclones are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games at home
  • Cyclones are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iowa State’s last 5 games when playing Texas Christian

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Let’s be honest, all the pressure here is on the Horned Frogs, but they have proven that they are able to handle stressful times with some big game wins already achieved this season. This should be another win or TCU, although I think it will be close and the Cyclones will cover the spread. Score: TCU Horned Frogs 30 – Iowa State Cyclones 27
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