No. 4 TCU is going to need all of their offensive prowess to beat surging No. 25 Iowa State when the teams square off Saturday afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. Kickoff is set for 3:30 ET.
TCU (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) heads to the Midwest on the heels of a dominating 43-0 home win over Kansas on Saturday, when the Horned Frogs surrendered just 21 total yards (a Big 12 record) and four first downs (two of those on penalties) to the last-place Jayhawks.
The Horned Frogs have been balanced on offense and have actually done the bulk of their damage on the ground. TCU has run the ball on 57.3 percent of its offensive snaps, the highest mark since the arrival of its spread offense in 2014.
Iowa State (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) was expected to be improved this season under second-year coach Matt Campbell, but cracking the Top 25 for the first time in 12 years has to be a surprise.
The Cyclones have won three straight games, against No. 4 Oklahoma in Norman, at home Kansas and last week at Texas Tech.
-- and head into Saturday?s contest with considerable momentum and swagger.
?Our recipe for success is don?t make mistakes, don?t turn the ball over, force opponents to make some mistakes, and when they do, you got to do a great job of winning situational football,? Campbell said. ?We can look back for the last three weeks, that?s what?s worked for us. When we?ve lost, we?ve been the ones that made the mistakes.?
Saturday?s game is the first featuring two AP Top 25 teams in Jack Trice Stadium since No. 19 Iowa State beat No. 20 Nebraska, 36-14 back in 2002.