TCU and Kansas State meet in what could quietly be one of the best games of the weekend on Saturday, October 14, 2017.
The Horned Frogs (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) enter this game ranked No. 6 in the nation. They endured a rousing 31-24 win over West Virginia in front of a raucous crowd and the College GameDay cameras.
Kansas State lost in double overtime to Texas last week in Austin. The Wildcats (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) pose a dangerous threat, especially under longtime head coach Bill Snyder. Starting quarterback Jesse Ertz is out for a few weeks, which might hamper the Kansas State offense.
The two teams will meet at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.
Find game time, TV channel and how to watch information below. For live updates throughout the game, go here.
TCU-Kansas State football TV channel, time, live stream
TV Channel: You can watch TCU and Kansas State on Fox Sports 1.
Time: The kickoff for TCU-Kansas State has been delayed due to lightning in the area. Go here for continuous updates on the kickoff time.
Live stream: TCU-Kansas State can be seen on Fox Sports Go.
TCU-Kansas State picks, odds
Odds: The Frogs are a 6.5-point favorite over Kansas State.
TCU-Kansas State preview, keys to the game
Can TCU’s defense get pressure on Alex Delton?
Jesse Ertz’s injury throws a major wrench in Kansas State’s offense. The Wildcats will start sophomore quarterback Alex Delton in his place.
Delton is an outstanding runner, posting 79 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground against Texas last week. The Horned Frogs will need to contain him and limit his ability to leave the pocket. Delton was only 2-5 last week, and if they can force him into quick throws while preventing him from scrambling, the Horned Frogs might be able to shut down Kansas State’s passing game altogether.
Will the Frogs be able to run the ball?
Contrary to most teams in the Big 12, TCU makes its hay on the ground. The Horned Frogs are first in the conference in rushing yards per game, with 219.8. Darius Anderson is fourth individually, at 93 yards per game.
Kansas State’s run defense is solid, however. The Wildcats allow just 129.6 rushing yards per game. TCU will have to impose its will when running the ball if they’re to have any success. The Horned Frogs have done a decent job of that — their wins against Oklahoma State and Arkansas were almost solely due to the run game. Against West Virginia, however, the Frogs didn’t have the same type of success.
Kansas State’s penchant for controlling the ball will slow the game down. TCU might have to match them in a time-of-possession contest, similar to the Frogs’ game against Arkansas. The run game will be a major part of that.
Can TCU avoid a letdown?
Last week’s win against West Virginia was huge for the Horned Frogs. College GameDay was in attendance, TCU held tough in a tight contest and the Frogs jumped two spots in the AP Poll and commandeered first place in the Big 12.
This week against Kansas State could be a potential trap game for TCU. Gary Patterson will have to ensure that his players aren’t riding too high after beating the Mountaineers. And even though the Wildcats lost to Texas last week, they’re no pushover.
The Frogs control their own destiny in the Big 12. Losing to Kansas State would reshape the conference picture and potentially prevent TCU from getting a College Football Playoff berth. The Frogs need to take care of business this weekend and avoid blowing their shot at a conference title.
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