5 Keys to Victory vs. Iowa State

If TCU wants to earn a bowl berth, they need to start with a win over Iowa State on Saturday. Here's the 5 keys to a Horned Frog victory.

5. Play 4 full quarters

Early in the season, TCU was slow to get out of the gates in every game sans the LSU game. Last week however, the Frogs jumped out to an early 17-3 lead only to see the West Virginia Mountaineers roar back to win it in overtime, 30-27. If TCU has any hopes of making a bowl game, they need to put together a full game.

4. Improved play from the offensive line

While this is a "no kidding" type of statement, it's a fact. It's long past time that the offensive line gave Pachall, or whoever is taking snaps at QB for TCU, steps up and makes some plays. I don't want to believe that these guys are as bad as they've shown across the board, but we're running out of time for them to prove otherwise.

3. Defensive line needs to return to form

Devonte Fields was lost for the season but the D-line had still played well in his absence. Coming off of maybe their worst performance of the season against West Virginia, TCU needs to round back to form and start getting pressure on the QB again.

2. A cornerback must step up

Jason Verrett is not 100% and is just one play from being out completely due to a chronic shoulder issue that has lingered all season. Travoskey Garrett or Deante' Gray will likely be the guys that have to step up but it's almost certain that someone will have to. Corner has been a position of strength this season, but the depth may be tested early in the game Saturday.

1. Casey Pachall has to lead the team to victory

I realize that one player can't do it by himself but Pachall may have to do his best Superman impersonation this weekend. With a tough season winding down, Pachall will have to put the team on his shoulders and will them to victory because at this point, nobody else has stepped up. It's a team game but TCU's best players need to step up and play their best and TCU's best player is Casey Pachall.

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