TCU seems to have an advantage for a few different reasons.
The Horned Frog defense was the best in the Big 12 last season, and if the corners rise up fast, it should be every bit as strong.
The linebacking corps is going to be outstanding, and the line should be decent enough to bring a little pressure to Brock Purdy, who struggled way too much against Louisiana hitting 16-of-35 passes.
Yeah, Iowa State has a game under its belt and TCU doesn’t, but TCU has tape on Iowa State. It’s also had weeks to adapt and adjust.
Another interesting take from Athlon...this one gives the Frogs less credit.
TCU has a track record for success in opening a new football season. The Horned Frogs have won six straight season openers and 18 consecutive home openers overall — the nation’s eighth-longest streak. Will Iowa State be the opponent to finally put TCU in the loss column? The Cyclones certainly have the right tools to do it. Iowa State is good enough on defense to be streak busters, provided the offense consistently moves the chains.
Iowa State’s head coach, Matt Campbell, talked about Gary Patterson’s stable tenure at TCU and how that was an advantage for the Frogs.
“One advantage a TCU team has is Gary Patterson has been there for 20 years and there is real continuity to the defensive staff, and great continuity on the offense staff,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. “The other piece of it is who is their personnel. … That’s probably the biggest unknown, the who, as much or more so as the what.”