Kansas State will be without starting quarterback Jesse Ertz against No. 6 TCU on Saturday, but ESPN isn’t ruling out an upset that could shock the Big 12 landscape.
ESPN’s Heather Dinich put the TCU-Kansas State game on upset alert Thursday, writing that TCU “can’t sleepwalk” through Manhattan when the Wildcats and Horned Frogs go head-to-head on Saturday. TCU is a 6 1/2-point favorite over Kansas State.
According to ESPN Stats and Info, Saturday marks the latest in a season since Week 12 of the 2009 season that there are no top-25 matchups in a single week. Four ranked teams went down that weekend, eight years ago.
Dinich wrote that TCU should be wary of Kansas State considering the Wildcats team is one that typically “doesn’t beat itself.” TCU leads the nation in third-down success rate, sitting at a comfy 58.3 percent, but Kansas State could change the rhythm of that on Saturday morning.
Kansas State has not beaten a top-10 team at home since 2006. If they can get the job done – they’ll have to do it with backup quarterback Alex Delton at the helm. Starting quarterback Jesse Ertz was ruled out for 4-6 weeks on Wednesday due to injury.
Kansas State lost to Texas in overtime on Bill Snyder’s 78th birthday last Saturday. A win over TCU would be a belated, but welcoming birthday present to the longtime Kansas State coach.
Kansas State owns a 3-2 record over TCU since the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12. TCU won the last meeting in Manhattan in October 2015, 52-45, after overcoming an 18-point halftime deficit.
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