AMES – A closer look at Saturday’s Big 12 football game between Iowa State (0-1) and TCU host (0-0) at 12:30 p.m. ( FS1)
The running game was fixable, but with special teams returning two touchdowns, Iowa State had plenty of assists in the second half and couldn’t do anything.
The Cyclones needed to figure things out on their week off because TCU had one of the best defenses in the Big 12, every year.
“For us it was the ability to do the little things well,” said ISU coach Matt Campbell “There were times when we played with great discipline and there were times when we went back by default, in all phases, to certain habits that don’t allow us to be successful. offensive, it came in the second half There were several pieces to be made and we did not make a piece «
But other than that, Iowa State has performed well on all three levels, and especially along the defensive line.
Will McDonald had two sacks, Josh Bailey had two tackles for the loss, JaQuan Bailey played his most complete game as a Cyclone and Latrell Bankston had a strong start with one sack and three tackles
« There are a lot of guys who played football and I think if you come back to that game you watch it and it’s like, man, the guys who played a lot of football were ready to roll, » said Campbell « I think the positive for us is that there are a lot of really good players out there. There are a lot of guys who have played a lot of football »
TCU hasn’t played a game yet, so the big question for the Horned Frogs is who is going to play the quarterback
Max Duggan underwent heart surgery in August, but coach Gary Patterson said he was back with the team two weeks ago Will he play? Or will it be Georgia Matthew Downing’s transfer or Stephon Brown’s junior college transfer?
On Tuesday Patterson announced that Downing would start against Iowa State.The other quarterbacks will be available to play, so it wouldn’t be so surprising to see Duggan or Brown because Patterson said on Monday they had forfeits for them. three quarters
Outside of the quarterback situation TCU could be in trouble The Horned Frogs have lost three of their best four rushers from last season And the one they didn’t lose was Duggan They also lost Jalen Reagor, their dynamic receiver, NFL draft
Year after year, TCU’s defense has ranked near the top of the Big 12 This year shouldn’t be any different
Horned Frogs dismiss two safeties, Trevon Moehrig and Ar’Darius Washington, who were ranked among the top two safeties in the country by Pro Football Focus last year
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While the Horned Frogs haven’t played a game yet, Campbell knows what to expect from the TCU defense
“One of the advantages of a TCU team is that Gary Patterson has been there for 20 years,” said Campbell “There is great continuity on the defensive staff, great continuity on the offensive staff It’s not so schematically what they do, although you know there will be some unique tweeks, but the other element is: who are their staff? I think it’s a team that has a lot of comebacks, so there are a lot of veterans in this football team «
I’m struggling to pick games at the best of times In the midst of a pandemic, when a team hasn’t even played a game yet, I’ve been in disarray for the past two weeks trying to decipher my thoughts on this game
On the one hand, it seems difficult for Iowa State’s passing game to be any worse than against Louisiana. On the other hand, TCU has the two best safeties in the country and a consistently good defense On the other hand, the Iowa State defense has proven that, once again, it will be among the best in TCU’s conference and offense hasn’t even entered the field yet with their new quarterback, new running backs and new receivers
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