Kansas State-TCU football preview

11/14/2013 9:10 PM

11/14/2013 9:10 PM

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. 30 North Dakota State L, 24-21
Sept. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette W, 48-27
Sept. 14 Massachusetts W, 37-7
Sept. 21 at Texas L, 31-21
Oct. 5 at Oklahoma State L, 33-29
Oct. 12 Baylor L, 35-25
Oct. 26 West Virginia W, 35-12
Nov. 2 Iowa State W, 41-7
Nov. 9 at Texas Tech W, 49-26
Saturday TCU 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 23 Oklahoma 11 a.m.
Nov. 30 at Kansas TBA

TCU (4-6, 2-5 Big 12)
Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31 vs. 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. 12 Kansas W, 27-17
Oct. 19 at Oklahoma State L, 24-10
Oct. 26 Texas L, 30-7
Nov. 2 West Virginia L, 30-27
Nov. 9 at Iowa State W, 21-17
Saturday at Kansas State 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 30 Baylor TBA

*at Arlington, Texas

K-STATE OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 16 Tyler Lockett 5-11 175 Jr.
WR 14 Curry Sexton 5-11 183 Jr.
LT 78 Cornelius Lucas 6-9 328 Sr.
LG 55 Cody Whitehair 6-4 309 So.
C 66 B.J. Finney 6-4 303 Jr.
RG 79 Keenan Taylor 6-4 290 Sr.
RT 73 Tavon Rooks 6-5 280 Sr.
TE 85 Zach Trujillo 6-5 256 Jr.
WR 86 Tramaine Thompson 5-8 167 Sr.
QB 15 Jake Waters 6-1 210 Jr.
RB 33 John Hubert 5-7 191 Sr.
K 3 Jack Cantele 6-0 193 So.

K-STATE DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE 44 Ryan Mueller 6-2 245 Jr.
DT 98 Chaquil Reed 6-3 309 Sr.
DT 95 Travis Britz 6-4 293 So.
DE 94 Alauna Finau 6-1 258 Sr.
LB 50 Tre Walker 6-3 225 Sr.
LB 53 Blake Slaughter 5-10 227 Sr.
LB 21 Jonathan Truman 5-11 219 Jr.
CB 4 Dorrian Roberts 5-10 168 Sr.
SS 22 Dante Barnett 6-1 186 So.
FS 12 Ty Zimmerman 6-1 204 Sr.
CB 7 Kip Daily 5-11 180 Sr.
P 38 Mark Krause 5-11 218 Sr.

TCU OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 88 Cam White 6-3 200 Jr.
WR 85 LaDarius Brown 6-4 220 So.
LT 74 Halapoulivaati Vaitai 6-6 308 So.
LG 56 James Dunbar 6-6 315 Sr.
C 55 Joey Hunt 6-3 295 So.
RG 73 Eric Tausch 6-3 300 Sr.
RT 69 Aviante Collins 6-6 285 So.
TE 49 Stephen Bryant 6-5 240 Jr.
WR 13 Ty Slanina 6-0 193 Fr.
QB 4 Casey Pachall 6-5 230 Sr.
TB 32 Waymon James 5-8 203 Sr.
K 33 Jaden Oberkrom 6-3 187 So.

TCU DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
LE 97 Jon Koontz 6-2 265 Sr.
DT 96 Chucky Hunter 6-1 300 Jr.
DT 57 Davion Pierson 6-2 305 So.
RE 90 Terrell Lathan 6-5 280 So.
LB 47 Paul Dawson 6-2 230 Jr.
LB 54 Marcus Mallet 6-1 227 Jr.
CB 2 Jason Verrett 5-10 176 Sr.
SS 17 Sam Carter 6-1 215 Jr.
FS 6 Elisha Olabode 5-11 193 Sr.
WS 1 Chris Hackett 6-2 195 So.
CB 25 Kevin White 5-10 174 Jr.
P 37 Ethan Perry 6-4 230 So.
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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