Iowa State at No. 5 TCU Week 15 online college football odds are out. Based on those odds, Iowa State might not even want to show up to the stadium.
TCU is a huge -32 point favorite against Iowa State in this Saturday matchup. There is no Big 12 Championship game this season, which means that TCU, if it hopes to jump into the College Football Playoff, will need to not only cover the spread against Iowa State but beat Iowa State by a lot more than the spread.
Iowa State Cyclones at No. 5 Texas Christian Horned Frogs
When: Saturday, Dec. 6 at 12:00 pm ET
Betting Line: TCU -32
Analyzing The Iowa State at No. 5 TCU Week 15 Online Football Odds
In addition to the 58 to 61 straight up loss to Baylor, TCU has had only one “bad” game this season. The Horned Frogs failed to cover a -28 point spread as a road favorite against Kansas three games ago. TCU could only beat Kansas 34 to 30. It was a huge blow to TCU’s resume because the Kansas Jayhawks are one of the worst teams in all of college football. To put into perspective how badly TCU played in that game, the Jayhawks have lost their last two games, to Oklahoma and Kansas State, by a combined 95 to 20 score.
Coach Patterson: This an an Iowa State team that beat us here and was a close game there last season, so we better get ready to play.
— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) December 2, 2014
The Horned Frogs did bounce back after the bad performance versus Kansas by thumping a hot Texas team 48 to 10 in Austin. Texas had been on a roll, it had blown out West Virginia 33 to 16 and Oklahoma State 28 to 7 in its two previous games, and appeared to have the type of defense to keep TCU’s explosive offense in check, but TCU’s defense came to play on Thanksgiving Night and it put a serious beat down onto the Longhorns’ offense.
TCU’s offense is averaging 525.8 yards and 46 points per game. Its defense gives up only 21.9 points and 370.7 yards per game. The only way to beat TCU is to literally try and outscore the Horned Frogs like what Baylor did. Iowa State is not a team that can do that.
The Cyclones only average 384.9 yards and 25 points per matchup. The defense gives up 511 yards on average per game and 37 points per. Most importantly, Iowa State has lost 5 straight games to: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas Tech and West Virginia. TCU scored over 80 points against Texas Tech earlier this season.
— Iowa State Athletics (@CycloneATH) November 30, 2014
The college football betting trends imply that it is all TCU in this matchup. The Horned Frogs are 11 and 2 ATS in their last 13 games, 8 and 2 ATS in their last 10 conference games and 7 and 0 against the spread in their last 7 home games. Iowa State is a woeful 0 and 7 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
Giving up 32 points is tough in a conference battle, but Texas Christian is simply tons better than Iowa State. TCU will most likely look to score from 60 to 70 in this game, which means they have a good shot of beating Iowa State by at least 40 points.
Pick: TCU -32