With their final practice out of the way, the Iowa State Cyclones are now set for tomorrow’s kickoff of the Houston Bowl against TCU in Reliant Stadium. The Cyclones finished the regular season 7-4 and are looking to win consecutive bowl games for the first time in the program’s history. TCU opened the season with a shocking win at Oklahoma and never looked back. The Horned Frogs are 10-1 and ranked 14th. The TCU defense is built on speed and Cyclones running back Stevie Hicks says that is their biggest concern. Quarterback Brett Meyer says that speed will force him to make split-second decisons. After a long layoff since the end of the regular season, Meyer would like the offense to get some confidence early in the game.On the other side of the ball, the Cyclone defense will try to slow down a TCU offense that prides itself on balance. Senior defensive lineman Nick Leaders says the Cyclone defense needs to play well on first down and try and make TCU become more predictable. TCU is a three point favorite. Kickoff is at 1:30 and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
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