It sounds like we are likely to get a peek at Mike Collins Saturday.
“There’s a lot of things you take into effect if you bring a guy in that situation that has not already played and was not part of your 1-2 punch up to that point and how that emotionally affects your freshman quarterback,” Patterson said. “Let’s go down the list of all the things that are good and bad that go along with that decision.”
Going forward, though, Collins is firmly in the mix to get QB snaps.
Collins started four games last season, including posting TCU’s season-high in passing yards at Kansas. He went 22-of-33 passing for 351 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Frogs’ 27-26 loss in Lawrence.
Collins also rushed for two TDs in the KU game.
DA is fixing to EAT.
If the TCU coaches are looking for the best way to attack Kansas, look no further than the ground game.
Against the pass, the Kansas defense is ranked No. 36 nationally and No. 4 in the Big 12 conference -- ahead of TCU. Opposing quarterbacks are completing 60% of their passes and throwing for a measly 189.8 yards against the Jayhawks so far. Kansas hasn’t faced any elite passing offenses yet, but the defense, led by senior free safety Mike Lee, has done its job.
But run defense is a different story. Kansas is giving up an average of 184.5 yards per game on the ground -- worst in the Big 12 and ranked No. 100 nationwide. TCU, meanwhile, is averaging 260.7 rushing yards per game. The Frogs’ strength plays right into Kansas’ weakness. Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua could have another big game Saturday.
I don’t believe that last year’s loss isn’t on the minds of the players.
TCU football, a team familiar with beating Kansas, has learned to not take the team lightly after falling to the Jayhawks for their first time as members of the Big 12 last year.
“We haven’t really talked about it specifically,” cornerback Julius Lewis said about last year’s loss to Kansas. “We know now that you can’t take anyone lightly.”
With that in the back of their minds and coming off of their first loss of the season last week against SMU, the team is eager to take care of business Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
This is big... the Frogs have turned it over quite a bit early, but KU hasn’t been great at forcing other teams to cough it up.
2. Win the turnover battle
Kansas has yet to force more turnovers than it commits in a single game this season. That will have to change if the Jayhawks expect to win games or even compete in them. The bottom line is that this team isn’t good enough to make mistakes.
TCU had three fumbles last week against SMU, so perhaps this will be the first game that Kansas will create more turnovers than it commits. Also, the defense hasn’t had a single interception since week one against Indiana State, so they should be due for one.
TCU QB Max Duggan didn’t play great last week, going 16/36; however, Duggan didn’t throw any picks. The Kansas defense will look to take advantage of Duggan’s inaccuracy this week.