TCU vs. Kansas Prediction, Game Preview


TCU (8-1) gets to take a breather after a tough loss to Oklahoma State that might have derailed any and every playoff hope. The Horned Frogs got their doors blown off by the Oklahoma State attack, but now they get Kansas (0-9) and a chance to push the reset button before the finishing kick. Check out the Kansas vs. TCU game preview and prediction.

Kansas vs. TCU Game Preview

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, Nov. 14
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX

Network: FOX Sports 1

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Why You Need To Care

TCU has Oklahoma and Baylor to finish things off, and there’s still a great chance to win at least a piece of the Big 12 title. Can it go 11-1 with a run to the playoff? It’ll likely take two Baylor losses to do it, but first everything needs to get back on track after the team’s worst performance in two years. That’s what Kansas is for – this is when the offense can take target practice, while the defense should be able to get a little bit of a rest in the second half. At least that’s the hope.

Kansas has been a disaster that’s not getting better. It keeps losing, it keeps getting blown out, and it keeps looking like the worst Power Five team by about ten miles. Nothing is working on defense, the offense isn’t moving outside of a little bit from the passing game here and there, and all that matters is experience for next year. With home games against West Virginia and Kansas State to close out, there’s hope to catch lightning in a bottle for one crazy week, but first it’s going to have to deal with an angry and focused TCU.

Why Kansas Will Win

Is there any hope whatsoever that TCU can keep screwing up like it did last week? Phenomenal in turnover margin all year, TCU couldn’t stop giving up the ball with four big interceptions killing any possible momentum time and again. Granted, the Horned Frogs had to press and Oklahoma State took advantage, but if somehow, some way Kansas can force a few massive mistakes and capitalize, it might be able to make it interesting for a little while.

Why TCU Will Win

Even in the loss, Trevone Boykin and TCU threw for 445 yards against Oklahoma State. The offense is still moving the ball with 300 passing yards or more in every game since the start against Minnesota. WR Josh Doctson is supposedly fine, Boykin isn’t going to throw four picks again, and the offense should be able to crank up yards at will against a Jayhawk secondary that came up with one pick in the last five games while giving up well over ten yards per pass in the last three.

Player Who Matters

Josh Doctson was out for the year, and then he wasn’t, and now he’s supposed to play. TCU head coach Gary Patterson misspoke about his star receiver’s status, but in a game like this, the more he can stay on the sidelines and heal up his injured wrist. The better. There’s more talent where he came from, with KaVontae Turpin stepping up against Oklahoma State with seven catches for 107 yards. Unlike most Horned Frog receivers, Turpin is a smallish speed target at a wispy 152 pounds on his 5-9 frame. A good punt returner and runner, he’ll get the ball in a variety of ways.

What’s Going To Happen?

TCU will do whatever it wants to. It’ll take it easy in the fourth quarter, but it’ll put a massive number on the board just to try making up for last week’s loss.

Kansas vs. TCU Prediction

Final Score: TCU 62, Kansas 10, Line: TCU -45, o/u: 71

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