Thursday was a day of suspensions: Missouri freshman wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, arrested for marijuana possession, and TCU quarterback Casey Pachall for a DWI arrest.
Green-Beckham won’t play Saturday against Vanderbilt, and Pachall is out for the Horned Frogs’ game against Iowa State.
TCU coach Gary Patterson didn’t say much in a statement released through the school, but had this to say on his radio program: “(Pachall’s) suspended from competition until we come up with a good answer for him, how we’re going handle life and how we’re going to do things. So is it one game? Is it all the rest of the season? I don’t know what that answer is.”Big 12 matchups
•Kansas at Kansas State, 11 a.m. on FX:
In past years, the Wildcats haven’t let up on the gas once this game has gotten out of hand. KU needs to play like K-State to keep it close: ball-control, mistake-free football. The Jayhawks are capable. They rank second to the Wildcats in the Big 12 in fewest penalties and are slightly ahead of K-State in turnover margin (1.50 per game to the Cats’ 1.25).
•Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 2:30 p.m. on ABC (Ch. 9):
The Sooners have had an extra week to think about their home loss to Kansas State, and Texas Tech has defeated Oklahoma three straight times in Lubbock. Bob Stoops has lost more games at Jones AT Stadium (four) than in any other campus venue. The Red Raiders have improved greatly on defense, leading the nation by yielding only 161 yards per game.
•Iowa State at TCU, 2:30 p.m. on Fox Sports KC:
Look for Steele Jantz to remain the Cyclones’ quarterback even after his poor performance in the loss to Texas Tech. But Jared Barnett is ready to go. The Horned Frogs will go with Trevone Boykin for the suspended Pachall. Boykin is a redshirt freshman who has seen limited time this season. He’s nine of 10 passing for 74 yards and has rushed 12 times for 112 yards.
•West Virginia at Texas, 6:50 p.m. on Fox (Ch. 4):
Troubling for the Longhorns are the 67 points they’ve surrendered against Mississippi State and Oklahoma State. They’ll have to be much better against the West Virginia offensive machine. Texas quarterback Davis Ash, with 10 touchdowns and one interception, is running ahead of expectations.SEC matchups
•Arkansas at Auburn, 11 a.m. on ESPN2:
Neither side has the record it envisioned in the preseason, but Auburn’s losses to Clemson, Mississippi State and LSU by an average of 6.3 points are easier to explain than the Razorbacks’ setbacks to Louisiana-Monroe, Alabama, Rutgers and Texas A by an average score of 45-17. Somebody’s going to get a first league victory, and it’s likely Arkansas’ misery will continue.
•Mississippi State at Kentucky, 11:21 p.m. on KSMO (Ch. 62):
Kentucky meets a ranked team for the fourth time in sixth games. The Wildcats threw a scare into South Carolina last week, leading by 10 in the third quarter before fading late. The Bulldogs are coming off an open week and if they live up to their favorite’s role will enter the Oct. 27 home game against Alabama undefeated.
•LSU at Florida, 2:30 p.m. on CBS (Ch. 5):
What happened to LSU last week against Towson in the Tigers’ 16-point victory? Were they disinterested? The Tigers’ defense remains stout, but to beat the best teams on their schedule they’ll have to pick it up on offense.
•Texas A at Mississippi, 6 p.m. on ESPNU:
The buzz is following Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel, a redshirt freshman who set an SEC-record for total yards in last week’s victory over Arkansas. Manzeil leads A in passing and rushing. The numbers should be big again this week against the up-tempo Rebels.
•Georgia at South Carolina, 6 p.m. on ESPN:
Effective quarterbacks, powerful running backs, solid defenses. What will separate the Bulldogs and Gamecocks? Maybe kicking. Georgia’s Marshall Morgan has made both of his attempts of at least 50 yards. An NFL team could put together a nice draft just from these two teams, with prospects like Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones and South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore.
•Vanderbilt at Missouri, 6 p.m. on Fox Sports KC: Running back Kendall Lawrence had 101 of his 104 rushing yards against Central Florida in the second half. As always, keep an eye on No. 34 for the Tigers. Defensive end Sheldon Richardson is big-time good. The punting game has worked for and against the Tigers, who, led by Marcus Murphy, lead the SEC by averaging 23 yards per return. They also rank last in the conference in surrendering 152 yards on 13 punts.