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No. 2 TCU at Kansas State: Three-minute preview

TCU coach Gary Patterson after and his team after the Frogs beat Texas Tech 55-52.
TCU coach Gary Patterson after and his team after the Frogs beat Texas Tech 55-52. The Associated Press

When/where: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

TV/radio: Fox (Ch. 4); WHB (810 AM)

The series: Tied 4-4

The line: TCU by 10

What’s at stake

K-State is trying to bounce back from its first loss of the season and to defeat a team ranked in the top two at home for the first time in school history. TCU is trying to stay at the top of the Big 12 standings and move up the national polls.

Cheers if ...

K-State’s defense creates turnovers. The Wildcats probably need two turnovers, and maybe even a touchdown off a turnover, to hang with the favored Horned Frogs.

Jeers if ...

Joe Hubener suffers another injury. Kody Cook was magnificent against Oklahoma State, but TCU has seen him and will be prepared for everything he can do.

Kellis Robinett’s pick: TCU 35-21

The Horned Frogs simply have too much firepower for the Wildcats.

KANSAS STATE (3-1, 0-1 Big 12)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Sept. 5

South Dakota

W, 34-0

Sept. 12

at UTSA

W, 30-3

Sept. 19

Louisiana Tech

W, 39-33, 3OT

Oct. 3

at Oklahoma State

L, 36-34

Saturday

TCU

6:30 p.m.

Oct. 17

Oklahoma

2:30 p.m.

Oct. 24

at Texas

TBA

Nov. 5

Baylor

6:30 p.m.

Nov. 14

at Texas Tech

TBA

Nov. 21

Iowa State

TBA

Nov. 28

at Kansas

TBA

Dec. 5

West Virginia

TBA

TCU (5-0, 2-0 Big 12)

Date

Opponent

Result/time

Sept. 3

at Minnesota

W, 23-17

Sept. 12

Stephen F. Austin

W, 70-7

Sept. 19

SMU

W, 56-37

Sept. 26

at Texas Tech

W, 55-52

Oct. 3

Texas

W, 50-7

Saturday

at Kansas State

6:30 p.m.

Oct. 17

at Iowa State

6 p.m.

Oct. 29

West Virginia

6:30 p.m.

Nov. 7

at Oklahoma State

TBA

Nov. 14

Kansas

TBA

Nov. 21

at Oklahoma

TBA

Nov. 27

Baylor

6:30 p.m.

Three things about TCU

1 Josh Doctson is one of the best receivers in college football, and he has stepped up his game in recent weeks. He is averaging 189 yards and two touchdowns over his past three games.

2 Trevone Boykin remains a Heisman Trophy candidate. The TCU quarterback ranks second nationally in total offense, amassing 408.8 yards per game.

3 Gary Patterson has strong ties to K-State. The TCU coach is a native of Rozel, Kan. He played and coached for the Wildcats and treats each game in Manhattan as a trip home.

Key matchup

K-State’s secondary vs. Josh Doctson and company: K-State has to keep TCU honest on offense and force the Horned Frogs to run the ball against a strong defensive line. The only way that happens is for the Wildcats to defend the pass at a higher level than they did a week ago when Oklahoma State threw for 441 yards and four touchdowns.

KANSAS STATE OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

6

Deante Burton

6-2

205

Jr.

WR

19

Kody Cook

6-1

200

Sr.

LT

55

Cody Whitehair

6-4

305

Sr.

LG

77

Boston Stiverson

6-4

316

Sr.

C

71

Dalton Risner

6-5

300

Fr.

RG

68

Luke Hayes

6-6

295

Sr.

RT

65

Matt Kleinsorge

6-5

310

Sr.

TE

80

Cody Small

6-5

241

So.

WR

4

Dominique Heath

5-9

175

Fr.

QB

8

Joe Hubener

6-5

211

Jr.

RB

24

Charles Jones

5-10

206

Jr.

K

16

Matthew McCrane

5-10

165

So.

KANSAS STATE DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

75

Jordan Willis

6-5

250

Jr.

DT

95

Travis Britz

6-4

293

Sr.

DT

60

Will Geary

6-0

297

So.

DE

45

Marquel Bryant

6-3

254

Sr.

LB

9

Elijah Lee

6-3

218

So.

LB

35

Will Davis

6-0

224

Jr.

LB

52

Charmeachealle Moore

6-0

221

Jr.

CB

33

Morgan Burns

5-11

201

Sr.

SS

22

Dante Barnett

6-1

193

Sr.

FS

4

Kaleb Prewett

6-1

204

So.

CB

7

Danzel McDaniel

6-1

205

Sr.

P

14

Nick Walsh

5-11

212

So.

TCU OFFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

WR

7

Kolby Listenbee

6-1

183

Jr.

WR

9

Josh Doctson

6-4

190

Jr.

LT

74

Halapoulivaati Vaitai

6-6

308

Jr.

LG

77

Jamelle Naff

6-4

325

Jr.

C

55

Joey Hunt

6-3

295

Jr.

RG

65

Brady Foltz

6-4

325

Jr.

RT

68

Joseph Noteboom

6-5

295

Fr.

WR

10

Desmon White

5-7

150

Fr.

WR

13

Ty Slanina

6-0

193

So.

QB

2

Trevone Boykin

6-2

205

Jr.

HB

22

Aaron Green

5-11

200

Jr.

K

33

Jaden Overkrom

6-3

187

Jr.

TCU DEFENSE

P

No.

Player

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

DE

40

James McFarland

6-3

248

Jr.

DT

97

Chris Bradley

6-2

255

Fr.

NT

57

Davion Pierson

6-2

305

Jr.

DE

90

Terrell Lathan

6-5

280

Jr.

LB

42

Ty Summers

6-2

211

Fr.

LB

35

Sammy Douglas

6-3

205

So.

CB

11

Ranthony Texada

5-10

170

Fr.

S

30

Denzel Johnson

6-2

205

So.

S

6

Kenny Iloka

6-2

209

Jr.

S

26

Derrick Kindred

5-10

210

Jr.

CB

21

Nick Orr

5-10

166

Fr.

P

37

Ethan Perry

6-4

230

Jr.

Kellis Robinett: @KellisRobinett

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