Two crazy weekends have planted Kansas State atop the Big 12 standings, but now the Wildcats find themselves facing the most dangerous enemy in their habitat: the mirror.
K-State (2-1, 2-0 Big 12) vists the TCU Horned Frogs (1-1, 1-1).
TCU leads the all-time series 7-6, but this has been an especially painful series for both schools since the Frogs joined the Big 12. The teams have split eight games in that span. Half of those games have been decided by a touchdown or less, and each team has won two of those four contests. Over those eight games, the total margin of victory is a mere three points in favor of TCU.
Two years in a row, K-State drove for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Last year, it was the game-winner as Skylar Thompson rolled in from three yards out with just 2:45 to go in a 24-17 win. The year before that, it was heartbreak when Blake Lynch missed the point-after and TCU went on to win 14-13. In 2015, Josh Doctson hauled in a 55-yard strike from Trevone Boykin to break a 45-45 tie with 1:10 to go. And then there was 2013, when Jack Cantele broke his hand after drilling a 41-yard field goal with three seconds left to lift the Cats to a 33-31 win.
What we’re saying here is that there’s a 50/50 chance you’re going to need a stiff drink tomorrow. Maybe even a bunch of them.
The opening line was TCU -10, but it’s narrowed to TCU -8.5 with a total of 50.5. That projects to a 30-21 win for the Frogs, thus sparing us excess teeth-grinding. (Much of this is, of course, due to the questionable availability of Thompson.) OddsShark, on the other hand, thinks you deserve to suffer: they’re projecting a 27-26 TCU win.
Saturday, October 10 at 3:00 CT, Amon G. Carter Stadium (47,000) in Fort Worth, Texas.
Reduced capacity and social distancing remain in place, and the secondary market has slim pickings. Vivid Seats only shows 48 tickets out there, Ranging from $74-Your Eldest, with the average going for $110-120.
It’s not Big Noon Saturday, but tomorrow’s game will be K-State’s third appearance on Big FOX in just four games. Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman will handle the duties, probably from the studio.
K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber, and Matt Walters; also available on Sirius 83/XM 385/Internet 975.
Official video stream through FOX Sports Go. The radio broadcast can also be heard via the TuneIn app, while live stats will be available via StatsBroadcast (which may be locked to media, in which case you’ll have to rely on ESPN). If you’ve cut the cord and are looking for a full streaming option, fuboTV is now carrying every major cable network which has football in keeping with their sports-centric business model.
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