WEEK 5 PREVIEW: TCU vs IOWA
Happy week five CFSL fans! We are back on track and this matchup is one of the best matchups of the week. TCU (3-1) heads to Iowa (3-1) to take on the Hawkeyes. The Horned Frogs come into this game with their high powered passing offense, while Iowa boasts one of the top passing defenses.
The Horned Frogs are coming into this game after winning in overtime over the winless Texas A&M. Dalton Andrews brings his 15-1 touchdown to interception ratio with 1429 yards passing into this game. Andre Gyan provides the big play ability for the Horned Frogs, averaging 23.7 yards per catch. Leading the defense will be the sackmaster, Jabril Jackson. Jackson currently has four sacks so far with six tackles for loss. He will need to shed his blocks quickly to stop this Iowa offense.
The Hawkeyes are coming into this game after a disappointing loss to Notre Dame. Running back Avery Jordan was able to rush for 134 yards in the loss, which brings his total to 584 on the season so far. Iowa is currently ranked number two in the league in rushing, averaging 245 yards per game. Iowa will need big games from their defense in order to shut down TCU. Leading the charge is Alvin Mack and Jesse James. Both will be looking for their breakout games this week.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
TCU offense vs IOWA defense
TCU has been able to put up points against really good teams this season and they face another stellar defense in Iowa. The Hawkeyes rank 3rd in the league in offensive yards allowed per game. Can Iowa stop the powerful TCU offense? Or will TCU struggle like they did at times last week?
PLAYER TO WATCH
IOWA HB Avery Jordan
No other player will mean more to his team than Avery Jordan tonight. Jordan, who is averaging 6.3 yards per carry, will likely be the focus point of the Hawkeye attack tonight. Iowa wins games with an old school style approach, rushing and defense. Jordan is the first puzzle piece in that equation and will need to have a big game tonight.
TCU wins if…. their offense gets into an early groove and forces Iowa to abandon the run. The Horned Frogs will need to be perfect on offense early and keep the Hawkeyes from controlling the game with their rushing attack. Score quick and early and TCU has a great chance to win this game.
Iowa wins if…. they can control the clock by running the ball. Avery Jordan will need to find some holes in this Horned Frog defense to give his team a chance. If he can do that, it will keep the high powered Horned Frog attack off the field.
Iowa struggled to run the ball early but Marcos Hernandez does just enough to pull the upset over TCU. Iowa wins a close game, 41-38.