By Cody Soto
No. 4 TCU (8-1, 5-1) at Kansas (3-6, 1-5)
No. 4 TCU looks to continue its college playoff campaign as it faces Kansas on the road Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kan.
The Horned Frogs trounced then-No. 7 Kansas State 41-20 in Fort Worth and held the Wildcats to 34 rushing yards. Quarterback Trevone Boykin was 23-for-34 for 219 passing yards and a touchdown in the win. The TCU defense stopped quarterback Jake Waters and the Wildcat offense to only one touchdown in the first half and held the team to 16 total first downs. The Horned Frogs surged to a 14-0 first quarter lead and went into halftime up 17-7. With 553 offensive yards, TCU handed Kansas State its first conference loss and hoisted itself into the college playoff spotlight.
Kansas snapped a five-game losing streak and took a 34-14 win over Iowa State in Memorial Stadium for its first conference win. The Jayhawks outplayed the Cyclones and tallied 514 offensive yards for the first time this season. Quarterback Michael Cummings posted 278 passing yards for a score to take the team’s first win over the Cyclones in four seasons. The Jayhawks’ biggest lead was with 5:25 left in the first half when Kansas led 24-0 behind a six-yard run by running back Tony Pierson.
The TCU and Kansas matchup will be aired live on FOX Sports 1 at 2 p.m.
Oklahoma (6-3, 3-3) at Texas Tech (3-6, 1-5)
Oklahoma looks for a redemptive road win as it plays Texas Tech at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock Saturday afternoon.
The Sooners took a tough 48-14 loss at home to No. 7 Baylor last Saturday. The team took a 14-3 lead over the Bears to start the second quarter, but Baylor used 45 unanswered points to take their first ever win in Norman, Okla. Receiver Sterling Shepard did not play against the Bears because he was still recovering from a groin injury suffered in the team’s win over Iowa State. Quarterback Trevor Knight will not play against the Red Raiders after being injured in the fourth quarter last Saturday. Knight was 12-for-27 for 146 yards for an interception and two touchdowns.
Texas Tech returns to the field after a bye-week last Saturday. Most recently, the Red Raiders lost 34-13 to Texas after leading 13-10 in the second quarter in Austin on Nov. 1. Texas Tech allowed the Longhorns to score 24 unanswered points to drop its second-straight conference game. Quarterback Vincent Testaverde threw for 116 yards on 15 receptions. Patrick Mahomes also came in to throw 109 yards in the loss.
Oklahoma and Texas meet for a 2:30 p.m. game time on ESPN.
Texas (5-5, 4-3) at Oklahoma State (5-4, 3-3)
Texas looks for its third-straight conference win as it travels to Stillwater, Okla., to face Oklahoma State on Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium.
The Longhorns took a huge 33-16 win over then-No. 23 West Virginia in Austin last Saturday. Although the statistics board swayed in favor of the Mountaineers, Texas used efficient offensive drives and a 24-3 lead at the half to take the pivotal win. Quarterback Tyrone Swoops was 11-for-29 for 124 yards for a score and an interception in the team’s second-straight Big 12 win. The Longhorns solidified the victory with a 15-yard touchdown run by running back Johnathan Gray in the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys look for their first win since Oct. 11 and come into Saturday’s game on a three-game losing streak after a 48-14 loss to Kansas State on Nov. 1. Oklahoma State scored early in the game and led 7-0 behind a two-yard run from Tyreek Hill. The Cowboys then gave up a 48-7 run throughout the rest of the game and only scored again on a 38-yard interception return by Ramon Richards in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Daxx Garman threw 12 passes for 148 yards but suffered from two interceptions in the loss.
Texas and Oklahoma State face off in Stillwater at 6:30 p.m. on FOX.