Kansas State University

Kansas State-TCU football preview

Updated: 2013-11-15T03:10:05Z

When/where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan

TV/radio: Fox Sports KC; WHB (810 AM)

The series: Tied 3-3

The line: K-State by 10 1/2

What’s at stake

Bowl eligibility, for starters. TCU needs to win its final two games to reach the postseason while K-State needs to win one of its final three games to do so. The Wildcats are also trying to extend a three-game winning streak.

Cheers if …

K-State avoids turnovers. No one expects the Wildcats to put up 40 points against the Horned Frogs, but playing smart football will be important. This will likely be a close game, and K-State will benefit if it doesn’t make mistakes.

Jeers if …

TCU takes a halftime lead. K-State hasn’t won a close game. The Horned Frogs have.

Three things about TCU

1 The Horned Frogs might have the strongest defense in the Big 12. They allow a conference-low 125 rushing yards per game and rank third in the league in total defense, surrendering 23 points a game.

2 TCU’s offense has struggled at times, but it showed signs of progress against Iowa State with Casey Pachall, who gives the Horned Frogs a new passing dynamic along with running quarterback Trevone Boykin.

3 Boykin is a skilled red-zone runner, rushing for three touchdowns against Iowa State last week.

Key matchup

K-State’s offensive line vs. TCU’s front seven: The Wildcats have won the line of scrimmage recently, and their running game has benefited. That trend will have to continue against the Horned Frogs, who might be the most physical team the Wildcats have faced.

K-STATE (5-4, 3-3 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 30North Dakota StateL, 24-21
Sept. 7Louisiana-LafayetteW, 48-27
Sept. 14MassachusettsW, 37-7
Sept. 21at TexasL, 31-21
Oct. 5at Oklahoma StateL, 33-29
Oct. 12BaylorL, 35-25
Oct. 26West VirginiaW, 35-12
Nov. 2Iowa StateW, 41-7
Nov. 9at Texas TechW, 49-26
SaturdayTCU2:30 p.m.
Nov. 23Oklahoma11 a.m.
Nov. 30at KansasTBA

TCU (4-6, 2-5 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31vs. LSU*L, 37-27
Sept. 7Southeastern LouisianaW, 38-17
Sept. 12at Texas TechL, 20-10
Sept. 28SMUW, 48-17
Oct. 5at OklahomaL, 20-17
Oct. 12KansasW, 27-17
Oct. 19at Oklahoma StateL, 24-10
Oct. 26TexasL, 30-7
Nov. 2West VirginiaL, 30-27
Nov. 9at Iowa StateW, 21-17
Saturdayat Kansas State2:30 p.m.
Nov. 30BaylorTBA

*at Arlington, Texas

K-STATE OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR16Tyler Lockett5-11175Jr.
WR14Curry Sexton5-11183Jr.
LT78Cornelius Lucas6-9328Sr.
LG55Cody Whitehair6-4309So.
C66B.J. Finney6-4303Jr.
RG79Keenan Taylor6-4290Sr.
RT73Tavon Rooks6-5280Sr.
TE85Zach Trujillo6-5256Jr.
WR86Tramaine Thompson5-8167Sr.
QB15Jake Waters6-1210Jr.
RB33John Hubert5-7191Sr.
K3Jack Cantele6-0193So.

K-STATE DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE44Ryan Mueller6-2245Jr.
DT98Chaquil Reed6-3309Sr.
DT95Travis Britz6-4293So.
DE94Alauna Finau6-1258Sr.
LB50Tre Walker6-3225Sr.
LB53Blake Slaughter5-10227Sr.
LB21Jonathan Truman5-11219Jr.
CB4Dorrian Roberts5-10168Sr.
SS22Dante Barnett6-1186So.
FS12Ty Zimmerman6-1204Sr.
CB7Kip Daily5-11180Sr.
P38Mark Krause5-11218Sr.

TCU OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR88Cam White6-3200Jr.
WR85LaDarius Brown6-4220So.
LT74Halapoulivaati Vaitai6-6308So.
LG56James Dunbar6-6315Sr.
C55Joey Hunt6-3295So.
RG73Eric Tausch6-3300Sr.
RT69Aviante Collins6-6285So.
TE49Stephen Bryant6-5240Jr.
WR13Ty Slanina6-0193Fr.
QB4Casey Pachall6-5230Sr.
TB32Waymon James5-8203Sr.
K33Jaden Oberkrom6-3187So.

TCU DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
LE97Jon Koontz6-2265Sr.
DT96Chucky Hunter6-1300Jr.
DT57Davion Pierson6-2305So.
RE90Terrell Lathan6-5280So.
LB47Paul Dawson6-2230Jr.
LB54Marcus Mallet6-1227Jr.
CB2Jason Verrett5-10176Sr.
SS17Sam Carter6-1215Jr.
FS6Elisha Olabode5-11193Sr.
WS1Chris Hackett6-2195So.
CB25Kevin White5-10174Jr.
P37Ethan Perry6-4230So.

Kellis Robinett’s pick: Kansas State, 27-20

Most Big 12 games are shootouts. This game won’t be. TCU and K-State are both playing strong defense. K-State’s resurgent running attack will give it an edge.

Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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