If there’s been one big consistency in the Iowa State offense, it’s been Charlie Kolar. The sophomore tight end has had at least 4 catches in every game this season. He has already surpassed his reception total and receiving yards from a season ago. He will have to continue to be steady all year long, especially against the TCU defense.
In typical Gary Patterson fashion, TCU will be fielding one of the better defenses that Iowa State will face all season long. However, Kolar should have at least a few opportunities to get open downfield and move the chains, as the routes that the Iowa State runs with the receivers it may end up taking some of the defensive backs away from Charlie Kolar.
Kolar averages around 13 yards per reception and TCU gives up around 10 yards per completion. Kolar is more than an outlet throw, and TCU does give up some decent chunks in the passing game, so this could be a matchup worth exploiting. If the Iowa State offensive line can keep the TCU front at bay, Brock Purdy should have some time to dissect the defense and find Kolar in the soft spots.
I don’t need Charlie Kolar getting over eight receptions in this game, but a solid contribution in run blocking a few key catches could end up being a tipping point in favor of the Cyclones. I think his help in blocking will be huge especially with Bryce Meeker hitting a bit of a rough patch. Add rain and a wet field to the mix, you need a reliable target and blocker.