Big 12 Previews

TCU vs. Kansas: Preview and Prediction

NCAA Football: Kansas at Texas Christian

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming matchup between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Kansas Jayhawks.

GAME INFO

Saturday, October 8, 2022; 11:00 a.m. CT; David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium; Lawrence, Kansas

TV: FS1 (Jason Benneti, Brock Huard, Allison Williams)

Radio: Horned Frog Sports Network (Brian Estridge, John Denton, Landry Burdine); Jayhawk Radio Network (Brian Hanni, David Lawrence, Brandon McAnderson)

Records: TCU 4-0 (1-0 Big 12); Kansas 5-0 (2-0 Big 12)

Rankings: TCU ranked No. 17 (AP Top 25); Kansas ranked No. 19

Last Week: TCU 55, Oklahoma 24; Kansas 14, Iowa State 11

Series History: TCU leads 25-9-4

Last Meeting: TCU 31, Kansas 28 (2021)

Favorite: TCU (-7)

Fun Fact: Lawrence, Kansas will host ESPN’s College Gameday for the first time ever on Saturday. The College Football pregame show has been aired since September 5, 1987 and has been visiting campuses since 1993. Kansas is one of five Power Five schools that has never been in a matchup that appeared on the show, joining Duke, Maryland, Rutgers, and Virginia. Cal, Illinois, and Syracuse join that group as schools that have never hosted the program.

 

KEY PLAYERS

TCU HORNED FROGS

QB Max Duggan

Last week, TCU quarterback Max Duggan put up video game numbers against a reeling Oklahoma defense, completing 23 of 33 for 302 yards and three touchdowns, adding five carries for 116 yards and two scores on the ground. To this point in the year, Duggan ranks third nationally in QBR (90.7) and has thrown 11 touchdowns to zero interceptions. His play will be what dictates the outcome of this game.

LB Jamoi Hodge

While his hit on Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel will be what is remembered from the game, linebacker Jamoi Hodge was having a very good game against the Sooners before he was ejected for targeting. Hodge is a physical defender that imposes his will in the running game. A twitchy, hard-wired defender, Hodge has a nose for the football and will be important in stopping Devin Neal and Jalon Daniels dynamic duo.

 

KANSAS JAYHAWKS

QB Jalon Daniels

Max Duggan is perhaps the only quarterback in the Big 12 that has been more impressive to this point than Kansas signal-caller Jalon Daniels. Against Iowa State, he was limited to 102 all-purpose yards and just one score, but he took care of the football and did enough to lead Kansas to victory. On the year, Daniels has accounted for 16 scores and will need to be impressive again this week to keep up with the high-powered attack of TCU.

LB Rich Miller

Kansas’ leading tackler (38) has been all over the field this season, and he will need to continue that trend against Max Duggan and company. TCU has several capable running backs that they like to throw the ball to in the flats and Rich Miller will be responsible for making sure that things don’t come back inside on those sorts of plays. If Miller has a busy day, Kansas is in good shape defensively.

 

KEY STORYLINES

TCU HORNED FROGS

Can TCU keep the offensive onslaught that we saw last week rolling on the road? The Horned Frogs are averaging 40 ppg on the road, and 57 ppg at home this season. While both numbers are incredible, that 17-point difference could mean something if Kansas can turn this into a shootout. TCU has superior athletes on the perimeter, so if Max Duggan can continue to distribute the ball cleanly, TCU should have a good day offensively.

KANSAS JAYHAWKS

After beating Iowa State with defense, can Kansas turn around and win a shootout against Sonny Dykes’ Frogs? Good teams can win games in multiple ways, and I do believe that Kansas is a good team. However, what we have seen from TCU to this point would suggest that they are as well. Can Jalon Daniels and a strong running game from Kansas keep the points rolling in this matchup, or will they be forced to try and cool off the red-hot TCU offense?

PREDICTION: TCU 38, KANSAS 34

I believe that this game might be the best that we have seen in the Big 12 to this point in the season, and it will feature two of the nation’s most underrated passers in Jalon Daniels and Max Duggan. I have yet to pick against the Jayhawks this season, but I think this is where the Jayhawks finally stumble and drop their first game. It may be the end of the winning streak in Lawrence, but it will be far from the end of a magical season as Kansas will prove that it is truly one of the top teams in the conference this weekend.

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