No. 8 TCU hosts No. 23 West Virginia in early Big 12 statement game

No. 23 West Virginia (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 8 TCU (4-0, 1-0), Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Central time (Television: Fox Sports 1)

Line: TCU by 13 ½.

Series record: Tied 3-3.


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The only game nationally Saturday that matches Top 25 teams is a chance for an early statement in the Big 12 race for the teams that came into the league together in 2012. West Virginia and TCU are both coming off open dates. The Horned Frogs had an impressive win at then-No. 6 Oklahoma State in their last game, and have scored 119 points in their two home games this season. West Virginia has scored at least 56 points in each of its three games since losing its opener at Virginia Tech.


Justin Crawford and West Virginia’s rushing offense vs. TCU defense. Crawford is the Big 12 rushing leader at 113 yards per game, and is tied with TCU’s Darius Anderson with a league-high six rushing TDs. The Mountaineers average 231 yards rushing per game, second in the league only to TCU’s 232.2 per game. But the Horned Frogs have the Big 12’s top rushing defense, allowing only 95 yards per game.


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West Virginia: WR David Sills V is tied for the national lead with seven receiving TDs, with multiple scores in three games already in the junior’s return to the Mountaineers.

TCU: QB Kenny Hill has completed 72.6 percent of his passes (85 of 117), which ranks sixth nationally and on pace to set a TCU record. The senior has thrown for 965 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions.


The first three games TCU and West Virginia played as conference foes were decided on the last play, including two overtime games. The last two haven’t been that close. TCU won 40-10 at home two years ago, and West Virginia was a 34-10 home winner last year. … ESPN’s “College GameDay” will be on the TCU campus. It will be the sixth time in nine seasons the pregame show has been at a TCU game. The Frogs won the first five, including the only other one in Fort Worth — 2009 vs. Utah.