Kansas State-TCU: Live updates, score, analysis for Week 7 game (October 14, 2017)

Kansas State and TCU are ready to go head-to-head in one of several Big 12 showdowns this morning, with kickoff set for 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Kansas State is looking to win its first home game versus a top 10 opponent since 2006. TCU is ranked No. 6 in the AP Top 25 poll entering the contest.

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Kansas State-TCU game time, details

The Kansas State-TCU game will kickoff from Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium at 11 a.m. CT on October 14, 2017. TCU is a 6 1/2-point favorite over Kansas State. TCU (5-0) is ranked No. 6 in the AP Top 25 rankings, while Kansas State (3-2) is unranked.

Kansas State-TCU keys to the game

Can Alex Delton put on the big boy shoes?

Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz shredded the TCU defense in a 30-6 win one season ago, but it will be backup Alex Delton at the helm on offense this time as the Wildcats battle it out against the Horned Frogs. Delton flashed his speed in Kansas State’s overtime loss to Texas in Week 6, but the sophomore lacks the crucial experience that Ertz brings to the Kansas State offense.

Delton will have his hands full against a TCU defense that has held its opponents to 10 points or less in the first half four times this season. Delton’s speed will be his biggest asset — rushing for 79 yards on 12 attempts against Texas — but TCU’s secondary has been far from perfect, allowing West Virginia to score two touchdown passes of more than 60 yards last week. Delton will need to attack through the air at least to some degree on Saturday if the Wildcats are to exploit the Horned Frogs on defense.

Bring the pressure on third down

If the Wildcats want to hand the No. 6 Horned Frogs their first loss of the season on Saturday, it’s going to come down to the Kansas State defense making crucial stops when it matters the most. TCU owns a nation-leading 58.3 percent conversion rate on third downs this season, and that’s been a big reason to why the Horned Frogs have been perfect in 2017 — knocking off two top 25 opponents.

But the Wildcats aren’t a team that is accustomed to “beating itself,” and that’s why several pundits have put TCU on upset alert against Kansas State. Despite two losses on the season already, the Wildcats have established themselves as a physical team. If the Kansas State defense can assert its presence when big plays are on the line, TCU might not find the end zone as frequently as it has through five games.

A Big 12 separation game

Saturday is fairly simple when it comes to the Big 12 conference standings. If TCU wins, the Horned Frogs are 3-0 in conference play and the clear-cut leader, while Kansas State is out of the picture with a 1-2 Big 12 record. But if Kansas State defeats a top 10 opponent for the first time at home since 2006, the conference standings could get messy.

A Kansas State victory would put both the Horned Frogs and Wildcats at 1-loss in the Big 12 standings. Should Oklahoma and Oklahoma State both take care of business, the Big 12 would have at least six Big 12 teams all at one loss in conference play — making it anyone’s conference to win. Of course, Kansas State will face an uphill battle against ranked opponents down the road, but Saturday is a must-win for the Wildcats if they want to salvage any shot at the Big 12 crown.

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