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TCU News: Bowl eligibility on the line for Frogs, ‘Cats

The loser likely goes home (in December).

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Danny Mourning

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Michael Collins’ encore, Darius Anderson’s touches among things to watch in TCU-K-State | The Star-Telegram

The biggest (bad) surprise of the season has to be the lack of consistency in the running game. If the Frogs want to win, DA has to have a big game.

2. Running matters. TCU RB Darius Anderson had a forgettable game against KU with a costly fumble near the end of the game. That overshadowed what had been a solid day for Anderson, who finished with 95 rushing yards on 20 carries.

The 20 carries were a season-high for Anderson, and it begs the question whether he’ll become more of a workhorse down the stretch. As stated, this would be the week to do it against the Wildcats’ worst-ranked defense.

K-State is allowing 191.6 yards on the ground to opponents this season. TCU, meanwhile, is averaging 165.1 rushing yards a game.

TCU and K-State both need to win 3 of 4 to get bowl eligible | Sports Day

The loser of today’s game is very likely not going bowling in 2018.

“I’m trying to win three or four more ballgames here by December,” Patterson said. “That’s what my short-term goals are.”

Well, the coach’s alma mater is also struggling and in the same situation. The Wildcats (3-5, 1-4) are coming off a 51-14 loss at Oklahoma that was their fourth loss in five games.

Both TCU and K-State have to win at least three of their last four games just to be bowl eligible. That means one of them is going to have to win its last three games to get to six wins.

”What happened in Norman is tough to shake off,” Wildcats center Adam Holtorf said. “There definitely is some anger and frustration in what happened. We didn’t execute, we didn’t compete, it was a tough loss to take. So there is some anger, but we’re trying to channel that in the right ways to motivate ourselves and try and get better.”

How bad is TCU? One expert explains why they’re the most disappointing team in CFB | The Star-Telegram

This has to be the most disappointing season in GP’s tenure in Fort Worth.

Off the field, head coach Gary Patterson has had to deal with the legal issues and dismissalof now-former TCU wide receiver KaVontae Turpin, as well decommitments from several prominent recruits.

And during the latest podcast episode of the The Audible with Stew & Bruce, Stewart Mandel of The Athletic says that TCU has been the most disappointing team in all of college football this season.

At around the 12:40 mark he said “I have say TCU. I had very high expectations for them. I actually picked them to win the Big 12. They are now tied for last place with Kansas State because Kansas got a big win over them (TCU).”

Mandel put the Frogs below Wisconsin, Cal and others.

Anthony McKinney’s journey from high school wrestler to TCU’s left tackle | The Star-Telegram

McKinney could anchor this line in 2019.

McKinney came to TCU ranked as the No. 3 JUCO offensive tackle in the country, and the No. 14 overall prospect. He had offers from schools such as Oklahoma, Georgia and Michigan State, but opted for TCU.

After all, TCU has become known for producing offensive tackles for the NFL. When the NFL season started, TCU had more offensive tackles (six) than any other school in the country.

“I knew exactly coming to a program like TCU and with the success that they’ve had with offensive tackles in the past, I knew exactly the type of competition I was getting myself into and I was all for it,” McKinney said. “And I’m still all for it obviously. That’s why I didn’t back away when the opportunity was presented to me. I’m happy with where I’m at.”