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Baylor-TCU preview

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The Associated Press

No. 9 TCU (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 5 Baylor (5-0, 2-0), 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2)

Line: Baylor by 8.

Series Record: Tied 51-51-7.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

A Top-10 matchup of the Big 12 Conference’s only remaining undefeated teams, and first game in the most-played series for both teams in which both are ranked. Baylor has won 21 of its last 22 home games

over past four seasons, the lone loss being to Baylor in 2012. The Horned Frogs moved up 16 spots to ninth in the AP poll after beating then-No. 4 Oklahoma at home. Baylor is the league’s highest-ranked team after the Sooners dropped to 11th.

KEY MATCHUP

All over the field. This game matches the Big 12’s top two scoring offenses against the league’s top two scoring defenses. Baylor leads both categories, averaging an FBS-best 51 points while allowing only 12.4. The Horned Frogs are second scoring 42.8 points a game and giving up 13.5.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

TCU: Dual-threat QB Trevone Boykin is second in the Big 12 with 359 total yards a game. He is one of only six quarterbacks from a Big Five conference to be his team’s top passer (294 yards per game with 10 TDs and two interceptions) and rusher (65 yards per game, three TDs).

Baylor: RB Shock Linwood is second in the Big 12 with 89.8 yards rushing per game, and has eight TDs in five games. He had 148 yards last week at Texas, a game in which the Bears ran for 278 and passed for only 111.

FACTS & FIGURES

TCU is 5-2 on the road against AP Top 25 teams since 2009. … Baylor’s 12-game home winning streak is the FBS’ second-longest active streak, behind the 13 by Auburn and Northern Illinois. … There has been only one previous game in Waco matching two Top 10 teams, in 1956 when No. 7 Texas A&M beat No. 8 Baylor 19-13. … Only Michigan State has had a bigger jump than TCU in the history of The Associated Press rankings, improving 17 spots from No. 19 to No. 2 on Oct. 2, 1950.  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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