Iowa State vs. TCU football: Five keys to victory


One of these will ultimately pan out, right? Here are the final five keys to


finish close with them

avoid getting blown out by 30 for the 2014 Iowa State football team.

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1. Rewatch the 2011 Iowa State-Oklahoma State game film over and over again.

I mean, if you loop it for 72 hours straight, you’re just destined to repeat it, right?

2. Actually, ignore anybody that talks about the big upset.

At least Paul Rhoads’ earlier squads could pile up more than three victories in a year. Besides, mostly everyone has told Iowa State to get over their massive upset. Unless you’re Oklahoma State fan, which their agreement on the terrible touchdown call earlier this year was only because the Cyclones cost them a chance at a national title and Naz Long killed them twice in basketball.

3. Rewatch the 2012 Iowa State-TCU game film over and over again.

Last time Iowa State was at TCU, Trevone Boykin made his first start after Casey Pachall got drunk and drove his truck around. It goes without saying that Boykin has improved dramatically since throwing for one touchdown and three picks. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to call up Josh Lenz and see if he has any availability left.

Nov 9, 2013; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones Head Coach Paul Rhoads walks the sidelines against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs at Jack Trice Stadium. Texas Christian beat Iowa State 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

4. Actually, just throw in Josh Lenz anyway.

Not like anyone is going to pay attention to who’s ACTUALLY playing on Iowa State. The focus will be on TCU and their performance.

5. Go in loose and free — the worst that can happen is another loss.

Iowa State looked like they had the mojo going early against West Virginia dancing on the sidelines and getting up 21-7 early. Let’s see more of that. It doesn’t matter what the Cyclones do on Saturday. Even if they did the unthinkable and beat TCU, it’s similar to your average college student slacking off for a whole semester and then cramming for a final — oh, I know you’re procrastinating, dear college reader.

Just like they were still a horrible student all semester long, Iowa State will still be a horrible football team in 2014. So, just get that whatever feeling and go out there. Lay down some frustration on the opponent. Remember, everyone will be


at least paying attention because it’s a full national telecast on ABC and it’s against one of the teams in position to make the College Football Playoff. Everyone thinks the football team is garbage — leave them with something to remember that doesn’t involve losing by 70.