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November 9, 2013
Here's a look at five key match ups for TCU vs. ISU
TCU must win its final three games to get to a bowl game and avoid just the second losing season in Gary Patterson's tenure.
Iowa State has just one win this year and is very beatable, but it's tough to win on the road in this conference. The Frogs will also have to deal with cold weather, which is something they aren't used to seeing.
This is also homecoming for the Cyclones, so that may be extra motivation for ISU to come out strong.
Here are some key match ups to look at during today's game.
Derrick Kindred vs. Grand Rohach
Patterson said this week that Kindred will be the starting free safety today. Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said this week that Rohach would be his starting quarterback.
Kindred has played well at times this year, but has been inconsistent. Patterson sees something special in him and is going to give him every opportunity to succeed, including playing over a mostly healthy Elisha Olabode today.
Rohach is a freshman that has appeared in just three games this year. He's completed only about half of his passes for 250 yards and had more interceptions than touchdowns.
Aaron Green vs. Jeremiah George
With an injury and a suspension to TCU's top two running backs, B.J. Catalon and Waymon James, you are going to see a lot of Green today. The highly-touted Nebraska transfer has been itching for an opportunity like this and look for him to relish it.
Iowa State's defense is led by George, who leads the Big 12 in tackles. He has been able to single-handily affect opposing play calls this year and has the ability to cause TCU's offense some head aches.
Jason Verrett/Kevin White vs. Quenton Bundrage
With superstar cornerback Jason Verrett's health in question for today's game, you may see Kevin White as the No. 1 cornerback. White said this week that he would rather be playing with Verrett, but he's ready to step up and be the guy if he has to be.
He may have to because Bundrage isn't an easy wide out to contain. The 6-foot-2 wide out from Florida has 30 catches for 450 yards and six touchdowns this year. Patterson compared him to Texas Tech's Eric Ward this week as far as athleticism, so whoever is on him will need to play well to slow him down.
Casey Pachall vs. Jacques Washington
Senior quarterback Casey Pachall is going to be one of the team's captains today and needs to play like it to keep the Frogs' hopes of a bowl bid alive. He has looked solid since his return from arm surgery, but his big problem has been in protection.
Washington is a 6-foot-1, 220-pound safety for the Cyclones that is second on the team in tackles and pass break ups. He can do it all and has no problem running up and getting in the backfield to shut down plays before they develop.
Jordan Moore vs. Gary Patterson's confidence
With the top two runners out, TCU will likely be using Green and Moore a lot today. Patterson said this week that he thought Moore practices well, he just wants to see him perform well in a game. Look for Moore to relish the opportunity he's been given and be a big factor today.
He's got a big frame and runs like it too. He could be just the change of pace the TCU offense needs to pull off the win and start a three-game winning streak.