https://gofrogs.com/news/2020/9/21/football-preview-iowa-state.aspx Preview: Iowa State Horned Frogs set to open 2020 season against the Cyclones on Saturday GAME 1: vs. Iowa State DATE: Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 TIME: 12:30 p.m. LOCATION: Fort Worth, Texas (Amon G. Carter Stadium) SERIES RECORD: TCU leads, 8-3 LAST MEETING: Iowa State won, 49-24 (2019) TV: FS1 (Joe Davis, Mark Helfrich) RADIO: WBAP 820 AM, KTCU 88.7 FM (Brian Estridge, John Denton, Landry Burdine) SPANISH RADIO: KFZO 99.1 FM (Miguel Cruz, Elvis Gallegos) ABOUT THE GAME • TCU opens the 2020 season on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. when it hosts Iowa State on FS1. • Amon G. Carter Stadium's capacity, normally 46,000, will be 12,000 fans for the game. • The Horned Frogs are playing the Cyclones in a season opener for the first time since Head Coach Gary Patterson's first game at TCU, a 31-21 victory at Iowa State to begin the 1998 campaign. Patterson was TCU's defensive coordinator at the time. • Patterson is 6-3 as a head coach versus Iowa State. Eight of the nine meetings have come since TCU began Big 12 play in 2012. The Horned Frogs, under Patterson and a member of the Mountain West Conference at the time, defeated Iowa State, 27-24, in the 2005 Houston Bowl. • The Horned Frogs are 89-24 in 19 seasons under Patterson at Amon G. Carter Stadium. SEASON OPENERS • TCU is opening at home for just the ninth time in Gary Patterson's 20 seasons as head coach. During that stretch, the Horned Frogs have had nine home dates, nine road games and two neutral-site contests (Arlington, Texas). • TCU is 15-4 in season debuts under Patterson and 75-39-9 overall in openers. • TCU has won its last six season openers and 15 of the past 17, including victories over No. 5 Oklahoma in 2005 and No. 22 Oregon State in 2010. HOME OPENERS • TCU has won its last 18 home openers, tied for the nation's eighth-longest active streak. • The run of 18 straight wins has all come under Head Coach Gary Patterson. • TCU is 18-1 in home openers under Patterson. SERIES HISTORY • TCU and Iowa State will be meeting for just the 12th time in their history. • TCU holds an 8-3 series lead, including a 5-3 advantage since beginning Big 12 play in 2012. • TCU is 4-1 versus Iowa State in Fort Worth, 3-2 in Ames and 1-0 at neutral sites (2005 Houston Bowl). • Iowa State took a 37-23 victory in 2012 in the Horned Frogs' first-ever Big 12 home game. It snapped a 12-game TCU winning streak that was the longest in the nation at the time. • Prior to TCU beginning Big 12 play in 2012, the teams had not met since a 27-24 Horned Frogs' victory in the 2005 Houston Bowl. • The series began with a 27-10 TCU win in Fort Worth in 1995. SIXTH IS FINE FOR NOW • The Horned Frogs were picked sixth in the 2020 Preseason Big 12 Media Preseason Poll. • TCU won conference championships in both previous seasons it was picked sixth or lower in a preseason poll under Head Coach Gary Patterson (6th, 2005 Mountain West; 7th, 2014 Big 12). BEGINNING OF DECADE MAGIC • Since Gary Patterson arrived at TCU as defensive coordinator in 1998, TCU has fared well in the opening season of a new decade. • In 2010, TCU went 13-0, won the Rose Bowl and finished the season ranked No. 2 nationally. • The Horned Frogs were 10-2 and won the WAC in 2000. Patterson began that season as defensive coordinator before being named head coach prior to the Mobile Alabama Bowl versus Southern Miss. TCU NOTABLES • Over the last six seasons, TCU has the Big 12's second-best conference record (33-21) and third-best overall mark (52-26). • TCU is one of just seven programs nationally to finish in the top 10 of the final polls at least three times (2014, 2015, 2017) in the last six seasons. The others are Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Penn State. • TCU had five 11-win seasons last decade, equaling the combined number of the 11 other FBS programs in Texas. • Patterson, at 20 seasons, is the nation's second-longest tenured head coach, trailing only Iowa's Kirk Ferentz (22nd year). • Patterson has recently released two music singles in which he wrote and provided lead vocals on, "Take A Step Back" and "Game On." • TCU is the only school in the nation to lead its conference in total defense in each of the last three seasons. • TCU linebacker Garret Wallow and safeties Trevon Moehrig and Ar'Darius Washington have received preseason All-America honors.