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Quick start imperative for Iowa State vs. TCU

Dec 6, 2014; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) and safety Sam Carter (17) and teammates celebrate after the victory against the Iowa State Cyclones at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 6, 2014; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) and safety Sam Carter (17) and teammates celebrate after the victory against the Iowa State Cyclones at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It would be shocking for Iowa State to pull off an upset over TCU this Saturday night. Everyone knows that.

But the Horned Frogs haven't exactly dominated inferior opponents this season, allowing the likes of Minnesota and Kansas State to hang late in games.

Can Iowa State do the same? If so, they'll need to get off to a hot start and gain quick confidence.

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As for the outcome of the game, head coach Paul Rhoads had jokes when asked about trying to stop the TCU high-octane attack.

"I don't think we'll blow them out," said a smiling Cyclones' head football coach as the assembled media chuckled.

(h/t Globe Gazette)