The real question is, will it matter?
“Well, once again, you know, we continue to compete at all of our positions, and we’re going to continue to do that from this point going forward,” Beaty said. “We’ll look at who has the best week and we’ll make a decision going from there.”
Bender has started the most games to date of the KU quarterbacks, and his numbers reflect that. Bender has completed 87 of 155 passes for 902 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions.
Stanley, on the other hand, has started a pair of games and has completed 34 of 47 attempts for 304 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Stanley has also been credited with 21 carries for 38 rushing yards, though that includes sacks.
Finally, Kendrick, who missed a few weeks due to injury and has yet to play since, has completed 11 of 19 pass attempts for 100 yards and a touchdown. He has also been credited with 47 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 rushing attempts.
If this is going to be a six win team, why not play on the home field, before Christmas?
TCU football may only have three wins through seven games of the 2018 season, but the experts still like the Horned Frogs’ chances of going bowling this December -- even if very little travel, if any at all, may be required.
National bowl projections favor TCU heading to Houston two days after Christmas to participate in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl against what wold be an SEC opponent unless the conference is unable to fill the slot. Some, however, haven’t ruled out the Horned Frogs from staying at home to play in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, which is hosted at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth on Dec. 22.
Isn’t it nice to have a TCU guy back on the DMN TCU beat?
And... we are definitely due for another close game with KU, aren’t we?
TCU is a perfect 6-0 against Kansas since joining the Big 12, but not without several scares against the Jayhawks along the way. Aside from the Horned Frogs’ 43-0 rout of Kansas last October -- a game in which the Jayhawks posted a Big 12 record-low 21 yards of total offense -- things have often been dicey between the two conference foes.
Before 2017, the four previous meetings from 2013-2016 were all settled by 10 points or less. TCU has found itself in trouble their last two trips in Lawrence. In November 2014, the No. 4 Horned Frogs -- fighting for a bid the in the first ever College Football Playoff -- found themselves trailing Kansas by double digits in the second half amid freezing temperatures in Lawrence. TCU ultimately stormed back for a 34-30 win to remain at just one loss on the season.
Maybe the conference needs to help thoroughly vet incidents.
Commissioner Bob Bowlsby isn’t interested in the conference getting more involved in disciplinary issues when asked about how TCU handled the KaVontae Turpin situation.
“Those are institutional matters,” Bowlsby said from the conference’s men’s basketball media day at the Sprint Center on Wednesday.
“If it was an occurrence that happened in a game that was egregious, we would have province to get involved in it. But student disciplinary matters are generally handled at the institutional level. As near as I can tell, TCU has evaluated all the elements of it and taking the action they think is appropriate.”
What. A. Steal.
“He knows basketball obviously, but most importantly it was the type of family person he his,” Dixon said. “The character, no NCAA violations and not a bad word said about a guy that had been at a school for 20 years -- that’s hard to do.”
Dixon added that he felt the decision would also be a service to the Cross family during a time of uncertainty -- one that ultimately only lasted several weeks thanks to his quick hire at TCU.
”I just felt with what was going on, we were going to go for a high-character basketball guy ... I liked the part that it was going to be good for his family and it was going to be good for him,” Dixon said.
This is a huge win for the conference as a whole.
Dixon coached in the Big East for a decade at Pittsburgh (2003-04 through 2012-13) before the school moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“There is a personal factor in there, there is no question,” Dixon said at the Big 12 men’s basketball media day on Wednesday. “I think it’s tremendous.
“I joke about it because I mentioned -- I thought I mentioned that a year ago, two years ago, really, when I first heard the talks, and I kind of thought it fell on deaf ears, but it seems like it’s gotten – it’s going to be a great thing for us.”