Preview: Kansas State at Texas Christian

When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 3, 2016
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

Despite being stuck in a conference that has become increasingly known for prolific offenses and shootouts, Kansas State and TCU have managed to stay relevant with consistently good defense. The Horned Frogs eye their third straight win in this series Saturday when they host the Wildcats in a battle between the top two defenses in the Big 12.

Three of the four top offenses in the country in terms of yards, and four of the top 27 scoring offenses reside in the Big 12, making TCU's 18th- and 40th-place rankings - not to mention Kansas State's 48th- and 97th-place rankings - in those respective categories look rather pedestrian by comparison. The Wildcats, who are two weeks removed from holding Baylor's fourth-ranked total offense to a season-low 368 yards, counter with the nation's 10th-best rush defense and the conference's best total defense while the Horned Frogs rank second in the league in the latter category. TCU became bowl-eligible as it held Texas to a season-low point total in last Friday's 31-9 road victory, but the Horned Frogs still have work to do if they want to move ahead of Kansas State and finish fourth in the conference. The Wildcats have won four of five and gave legendary coach Bill Snyder his 200th career victory Saturday with a 34-19 triumph over Kansas.

TV: Noon ET, Fox Sports 1. LINE: TCU -4.5.

ABOUT KANSAS STATE (7-4, 5-3 Big 12): Alex Barnes burst onto the scene with 129 yards rushing and a school-freshman record four rushing touchdowns at Baylor and followed it with a 103 more yards and another score versus the Jayhawks. The Wildcats don’t ask Jesse Ertz to do much as a passer - his 1,401 yards through the air ranks ninth in the 10-team conference - but the junior ranks eighth in the league with 775 yards rushing - easily the most among league quarterbacks. Junior linebacker Elijah Lee leads the team and ranks third in the Big 12 with 8.2 tackles per game, while senior defensive lineman Jordan Willis paces the conference in sacks (10.5) and ranks second in tackles for loss (15).

ABOUT TCU (6-5, 4-4): Running back Kyle Hicks leads the Horned Frogs in rushing (894) and receptions (40) - one of four players nationally to lead his team in both categories - but has been mostly bottled up in three of his last four games, with his 195-yard, five-touchdown explosion against Baylor serving as the one exception. Ty Summers was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after recording his second straight 14-tackle game last week and ranks second in the conference with 105. Fellow linebacker Travin Howard paces the league with 110 tackles and became the first Horned Frog to record consecutive 100-tackle seasons since Martin Patterson in 2003-04 with 11 stops versus the Longhorns.


1. Gary Patterson will coach his 202nd game at TCU this Saturday against his alma mater, moving him past Dutch Meyer (1934-52) for the most in school history.

2. The Wildcats have rushed for 200 or more yards in five straight Big 12 games - their longest such streak since 2003.

3. Last season’s 52-45 victory, in which the Horned Frogs rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit, equaled the largest come-from-behind win in Patterson’s career.

PREDICTION: Kansas State 31, TCU 24

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Kansas State 7-4 W2 32.4 23.3 5-1 2-3 2-2 0-0 5-3
Texas Christian 6-5 W1 34.0 27.5 2-4 4-1 3-4 0-0 4-4

Last Meeting

Kansas State Texas Christian
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/10/15 TCU 52 KSU 45 385 228 157 543 242 301

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
KSU J. Hubener 39.4 157 0 1
TCU T. Boykin 66.7 301 2 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
KSU J. Hubener 26 111 4.3 4
TCU T. Boykin 11 124 11.3 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
KSU D. Burton 5 65 13.0 0
TCU J. Doctson 8 155 19.4 2
TDs Player TD
KSU J. Hubener 4
TCU T. Boykin 2
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
KSU J. Ertz 57.8 1401 7 4
TCU K. Hill 61.2 3010 15 13
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
KSU J. Ertz 140 775 5.5 9
TCU K. Hicks 171 894 5.2 12
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
KSU D. Heath 41 413 10.1 3
TCU T. Williams 38 698 18.4 5
TDs Player TD
KSU W. Dimel 12
TCU K. Hicks 14

Quickchart Matchup

Kansas State Off vs  Texas Christian Def
377.5 yards
421.8 yards
5.2 yards/rush
3.8 yards/rush
6.3 yards/attempt
7.2 yards/attempt
Texas Christian Off vs  Kansas State Def
492.7 yards
392.5 yards
5.4 yards/rush
3.7 yards/rush
7.3 yards/attempt
7.9 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Kansas State Overall Texas Christian
7-4-0 W/L 6-5-0
4-7-0 ATS 3-8-0
6-5-0 O/U 5-6-0
32.4 Pts For 34.0
23.3 Pts Against 27.5
Kansas State A/H Texas Christian
2-3 W/L 2-4
2-3-0 ATS 0-6-0
2-3-0 O/U 4-2-0
23.8 Pts For 35.7
25.6 Pts Against 35.3