Who's Playing

TCU @ Iowa State

Current Records: TCU 5-6; Iowa State 6-5

What to Know

The Iowa State Cyclones will be returning home after a two-game road trip. Iowa State and the TCU Horned Frogs will face off in a Big 12 battle at 4:30 p.m. ET Friday at Jack Trice Stadium. TCU will be strutting in after a win while the Cyclones will be stumbling in from a defeat.

Iowa State came up short against the Oklahoma Sooners last week, falling 28-21. A silver lining for Iowa State was the play of TE Charlie Kolar, who caught 12 passes for one TD and 152 yards. That receiving effort made it the first game that Kolar has posted more than 100 yards receiving.

Meanwhile, TCU narrowly escaped with a victory as the squad sidled past the Kansas Jayhawks 31-28. The overall outcome was to be expected, but the Jayhawks made it more of a matchup than the oddsmakers had predicted. RB Kendre Miller and WR Derius Davis were among the main playmakers for the Horned Frogs as the former rushed for one TD and 112 yards on 12 carries and the latter punched in one rushing touchdown in addition to catching six passes for 103 yards. That touchdown -- a 56-yard rush in the third quarter -- was one of the highlights of the contest.

This next game looks promising for the Cyclones, who are favored by a full 15 points. Now might not be the best time to take Iowa State against the spread since they've let down bettors for the past two consecutive games.

Iowa State is now 6-5 while TCU sits at a mirror-image 5-6. A couple defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Iowa State is 178th worst in the nation in passing touchdowns allowed, with 17 on the season. The Horned Frogs have experienced some struggles of their own as they are stumbling into the matchup with the 244th most rushing touchdowns allowed in the nation, having given up 30 on the season. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

How To Watch

  • When: Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Jack Trice Stadium -- Ames, Iowa
  • TV: Fox Sports 1
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $9.99


The Cyclones are a big 15-point favorite against the Horned Frogs, according to the latest college football odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Cyclones as a 14.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -108

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Series History

Iowa State and TCU both have three wins in their last six games.

  • Sep 26, 2020 - Iowa State 37 vs. TCU 34
  • Oct 05, 2019 - Iowa State 49 vs. TCU 24
  • Sep 29, 2018 - TCU 17 vs. Iowa State 14
  • Oct 28, 2017 - Iowa State 14 vs. TCU 7
  • Sep 17, 2016 - TCU 41 vs. Iowa State 20
  • Oct 17, 2015 - TCU 45 vs. Iowa State 21