TCU vs Iowa State: TCU has won three consecutive games in the series against Texas for the first time since winning four straight from 1935 to ’38.
Two game times remain to be announced for TCU — the Oklahoma game in Norman on Nov. 11 and the Texas Tech game in Lubbock on Nov. 18.
The regular season finale against Baylor on Black Friday, Nov. 24, has an 11 a.m. kickoff. The biggest thing that jumps out at Gary Patterson when he watches Iowa State? The big guys that jump.
No. 4 TCU (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) at No. 25 Iowa State (5-2, 3-1)
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa
TV: WFAA/Ch. 8 or ESPN2
The Cyclones boast four receivers who go 6-foot-1 or better, including their top pass-catcher, 6-6 Hakeem Butler. Their leading touchdown receiver is 6-5 Allen Lazard, who has five.
Next is 6-1 Marchie Murdock with four touchdowns. Then 6-4 Matthew Eaton with three.
The four 6-footers have combined for 15 touchdown catches. And it’s not all in the red zone. Butler has a 74-yard touchdown reception, and Murdock has a 43-yard score.
“These guys do a great job of creating space because of their size and what they do,” Patterson said. “They require a different type of coverage. They do a great job of that. Two years ago, we really struggled a lot with Lazard and the group.”
Lazard is Iowa State’s all-time receptions leader, and he leads the nation with a 42-game receptions streak. Two years ago in Ames, he caught five passes for 147 yards against TCU, including a 74-yard touchdown. Last year in Fort Worth, he was limited to one catch for eight yards.
Patterson called the Iowa State receivers one of the top skill groups in the Big 12 and praised their work in Iowa State’s 5-2 start under second-year coach Matt Campbell.
“Coach Campbell has put them in situations where they can do what they do best,” Patterson said.
The Horned Frogs have only one 6-foot corner. That’s starter Jeff Gladney, a sophomore who is 6-foot. The other starter, Ranthony Texada, is listed at 5-10.
Prime time for Texas
Make it another prime-time game for TCU vs Iowa State.
ESPN chose a 6:15 p.m. kickoff for the Horned Frogs’ game against Texas on Nov. 4 at Amon G. Carter Stadium. It will be the second consecutive night game in Fort Worth for TCU. Last week, the Frogs blanked Kansas 43-0 to remain undefeated.
TCU vs Iowa State: TCU leads 7-1, including victories in the last four meetings. Iowa State’s win came in the Horned Frogs’ Big 12 home opener in 2012. TCU leads 4-1 in the Big 12 series. TCU won season openers against the Cyclones at home in 1995 and in Ames in 1998. TCU also won the Houston Bowl against the Cyclones in 2005 on a late kick by Peter Lococo.