When/where: 11 a.m. Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas
TV/radio: Fox Sports KC; KCSP (610 AM)
The series: TCU leads 17-8-4
The line: TCU by 24 1/2
Whats at stake
After a road loss to Rice in week two, KUs players promised that they wouldnt let this season spiral out of control. So in the wake of a 54-16 loss to Texas Tech, the Jayhawks need a rebound performance to keep hope alive. If not this week, the upcoming schedule is brutal: Oklahoma and Baylor at home, and then a road trip to Texas.
The KU offense can sustain drives and keep the heat off the KU defense. The Jayhawks inability to stay on the field was one reason Texas Tech rolled off 100 plays last week. KU probably will be playing without leading receiver Tony Pierson (21 catches), who suffered a concussion last week. Senior running back James Sims also needs to be more involved on offense.
If Kansas continues to make mental errors. The Jayhawks committed 12 penalties last week, giving away 81 yards. They also attempted a fake punt inside their own 20. Simply put: They cant afford such costly mistakes.
Three things about TCU
1 TCU has won 30 of its last 35 home games and is 60-11 under coach Gary Patterson at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
2 TCU announced this week that defensive end Devonte Fields would miss the rest of the year after undergoing foot surgery. Fields was the Big 12s defensive player of the year in 2012, finishing the season with 10 sacks .
3 After starting quarterback Casey Pachall suffered a broken arm in early September, sophomore Trevone Boykin stepped into the same role he held for much of last year. Hes thrown for 791 yards and rushed for 176 yards while playing parts of five games. The Horned Frogs backup is McPherson native Tyler Matthews.
Kansas QB Jake Heaps vs. the TCU secondary: The Horned Frogs are tied for first in the Big 12 with nine interceptions, and safeties Chris Hackett and Sam Carter have picked off three passes apiece. It could mean bad news for a struggling KU pass offense.
Rustin Dodds pick: TCU 34-10
The Horned Frogs have played the second-most difficult schedule in the country, according to the Sagarin Ratings, dropping games to LSU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. Theyre back at home, and KU hasnt shown the ability to win on the road (20 straight losses) or in the Big 12 (22 losses).
KANSAS (2-2, 0-1 Big 12)
|Sept. 7||South Dakota||W, 31-14|
|Sept. 14||at Rice||L, 23-14|
|Sept. 21||Louisiana Tech||W, 13-10|
|Oct. 5||Texas Tech||L, 54-16|
|Saturday||at TCU||11 a.m.|
|Oct. 19||Oklahoma||2:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 2||at Texas||2:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 9||at Oklahoma State||TBA|
|Nov. 16||West Virginia||TBA|
|Nov. 23||at Iowa State||TBA|
|Nov. 30||Kansas State||TBA|
TCU (2-3, 0-2 Big 12)
|Aug. 31||LSU||L, 37-27|
|Sept. 7||Southeastern Louisiana||W, 38-17|
|Sept. 12||at Texas Tech||L, 20-10|
|Sept. 28||SMU||W, 48-17|
|Oct. 5||at Oklahoma||L, 20-17|
|Oct. 19||Iowa State||11 a.m.|
|Nov. 2||West Virginia||TBA|
|Nov. 9||at Iowa State||TBA|
|Nov. 16||at Kansas State||TBA|
Rustin Dodd, email@example.com