The Associated Press
No. 5 TCU (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, CFP No. 4) at Kansas (3-6, 1-5), 3 p.m. EST (Fox Sports 1)
Line: TCU by 28.
Series Record: TCU leads 18-8-4.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The Horned Frogs are tied for the Big 12 lead and would be among the four teams in the College Football Playoff if the season ended this week. Unfortunately for TCU, there’s a lot of football left to play. And with no marquee opponents in its final three games, it may take some lopsided victories to hold onto that potential playoff slot. Meanwhile, Kansas will be trying to build on a victory over Iowa State, its first under interim coach Clint Bowen.
TCU dual-threat QB Trevone Boykin against the Kansas defense. Boykin shredded one of the best defenses in the Big 12 in Kansas State a week ago. Now, he’ll try to do the same against a Jayhawks defense that gave up 60 points to Baylor a couple of weeks ago.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
TCU: RB Aaron Green filled in admirably last week for B.J. Catalon, the Horned Frogs’ injured leading rusher. Green ran for 171 yards and a touchdown against the Wildcats.
Kansas: QB Michael Cummings threw for 278 yards and a touchdown without an interception against the Cyclones. He’s been getting steadily better after taking over for Montell Cozart.
FACTS & FIGURES
Horned Frogs are trying for fifth straight win and third straight against the Jayhawks. … TCU has faced five ranked teams in its last six games. … Horned Frogs are beating unranked opponents by an average of 42 points … TCU coach Gary Patterson is a native of Rozel, Kansas. He played at Kansas State … This will be the second time Horned Frogs have left Texas for a game. They also played at West Virginia … Jayhawks are 3-45 in last 48 conference games. They have not won back-to-back Big 12 games since October 2008 … Kansas had been outscored by 21.6 points during five-game skid before beating Iowa State … Jayhawks RBs Corey Avery and Tony Pierson each ran for more than 100 yards vs the Cyclones … Jayhawks had 14 pass breakups against Cyclones, their most since 14 against Toledo on Sept. 16, 2006.