Kansas State (7-4) vs. TCU (6-5) Game Preview
Check out the Kansas State vs. TCU fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Bowl and Conference Implications
While the bowl pairings and the Big 12 mid-tier team placements might not match up geographically, most likely, TCU could stay relatively close to home in the Texas Bowl, but it’ll be in the mix for the Russell Athletic or the Liberty.
Meanwhile, Kansas State would also be in the mix for the Texas Bowl with a win – but the bowls might make a big push for the Texas teams to stick around, even if the Wildcats finish fourth. If there’s a chance for Texas – on APR – vs. Texas A&M, the bowl might make it happen.
What Does Each Team Need To Do?
TCU has been the flakiest of the flaky, not showing up offensively against West Virginia, and blowing up against Baylor. It followed it up with a puzzling flat performance against Oklahoma State, and followed it up with a solid game against Texas to end the Charlie Strong era.
It’s been a rough year, and it’s been a strange one that hasn’t lived up to expectations, but with a win, 7-5 wouldn’t be all that awful considering just getting bowl eligible was a concern as November started.
But there’s a problem in the backfield – QB Kenny Hill has a foot injury, and RB Kyle Hicks is banged up, too. They need to be ready to go against a Kansas State defense that’s not allowing much of anything on the ground, but is having a big, big problem against the better passing teams.
Playing as expected, Kansas State is running well, playing tough D, and doing what it does ranking fifth in the nation in turnover margin, owning third downs, and almost always dominating the time of possession.
On a run of four wins in the last five games, it hasn’t always been pretty, but the running game is on a roll, getting better and better as the year has gone on.
What’s Going To Happen?
Which TCU team will show up? Being at home doesn’t matter much considering the Horned Frogs lost their last three in Fort Worth, and now it has to face a tough, consistent Kansas State squad that isn’t going to give up the right breaks.
It might be methodical, but it’ll work. The Wildcats might not be all that explosive, but they’ll set themselves up for makeable third down try after third down try to keep the ball away from a TCU offense that’ll take a bit too long to get rolling.
The Horned Frogs will never be able to get into a groove.
Kansas State vs. TCU Prediction
Kanas State 30, TCU 21
TCU -3.5, o/u: 52.5
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