Saturday, TCU visits Kansas for its first ever Big 12 conference game. Kansas is coming off a loss against Rice, and frankly, hasn’t been very good as of late. The Frogs cannot take them lightly though. Here are the keys to the game.
- The first key is similar to one of my keys for the Grambling game. Get out to a fast start and put Kansas in its place early on. There is no need to let the Jayhawks hang around and think they have a chance to win. Last season Baylor messed around and needed a come from behind rally by RGIII to win in OT.
- Force Dayne Crist to beat you with his arm. Kansas averages 229.0 yards per game on the ground which is ranked 29th in the country. On the other hand, the Jayhawks only average 156.5 yards per game through the air which is 112th in the country. Kansas would obviously prefer to run the football so the Frogs should stack the box and force Crist to throw the ball. Kansas actually averages more yards per rush at 5.5 yards per carry than they do through the air at just 4.9 yards per passing attempt.
- Attack down the field. Kansas allowed Rice to rack up over 400 yards of total offense with 236 of them coming through the air. The Jayhawks secondary can be exposed and TCU has the receivers to do it. The Frogs can’t completely abandon the running game, but I expect to see some shots taken down the field.
- Protect the football. TCU put the ball on the ground a couple of times against Grambling but they can’t afford that going forward. Don’t fumble, don’t throw interceptions and everything should work out just fine for the Frogs.
I really don’t expect this game to be close, but you can’t take Kansas for granted. Anything can happen on any given weekend, just go ask Oklahoma State. As long as Coach Patterson follows my keys to the game, TCU will emerge victorious.