No. 4 TCU looks to cap off the perfect regular season against Iowa St. |

The TCU No. 4 looks to maintain its unbeaten campaign and take the next step toward a berth in the College Football Playoffs when it hosts battered Iowa State in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday.

The Horned Frogs (11-0, 8-0 Big 12) have already secured a spot in the league championship game on Dec. 3 in Arlington, Texas, where they will play either No. 12 Kansas State or No. 23 Texas .

And while the Big 12 title is up for grabs in this game, TCU has a bigger goal — to beat Iowa State to stay in the top four of the CFP rankings.

How TCU got to this point without a loss is a story in itself, especially in its latest game. At that point, the Horned Frogs needed a fire-drill, a last-second field goal from Griffin Kell to beat Baylor 29-28 away last Saturday to remain undefeated. TCU scored the last nine points of the game in the last 2:07.

Max Duggan completed 24 of 35 passes for 327 yards while leading TCU with 50 yards on eight carries, including a 7-yard touchdown. Taye Barber had a top five receptions for 108 yards, his second 100-yard game of the season and fourth of his career.

“What’s great about the last ride is that we threw away all our concepts from day one,” said Duggan. “We threw simple things that we practiced and could do with our eyes closed.”

While the unbeaten record is exceedingly impressive, nothing has come easy for the Horned Frogs. TCU is the first team since 1975 to win seven straight games by 10 points or fewer.

“We’re just struggling a lot, the guys never give up,” said TCU coach Sonny Dykes. “We knew it was going to be difficult (at Baylor). You just found a way. I think that says a lot about who they are.”

The Cyclones (4-7, 1-7 Big 12) head to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to wrap up their season. A 14-10 loss to Texas Tech last Saturday ensured the state of Iowa would not attend a bowl game for the first time since 2016.

The loss marked the second straight loss for the Cyclones, who fell in the conference standings. Iowa State has only had one win — over West Virginia — since September. Six of his seven losses were by seven points or fewer.

Hunter Dekkers led the Cyclones with 294 yards, which Texas Tech lost, 101 of which went to Xavier Hutchinson. Iowa State passed Texas Tech 422-246 in yards and had possession for more than 36 minutes but also missed a field goal and blocked another.

Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said the fact his team won’t be playing in a bowl “tears him up.”

“It’s heartbreaking. I could care less, but I care a lot about the kids,” Campbell said. “This senior class was simply exceptional. It is literally the greatest guidance I have seen and it was the greatest sense of servant guidance I have ever experienced in my life.

“We’re here and we have a chance to win football games. It’s because of our senior class leadership.”

– Field level media

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