The road to the College Football Playoffs is out of their hands, but TCU has as good a shot as any team in the conference to represent the Big XII.
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The #6 TCU Horned Frogs defeated the #7 Kansas State Wildcats 41-20 in a game with major CFP implications.
The Horned Frogs took the lead in the first quarter with 14 straight points and never gave it up as they put together 553 yards of total offense and 28 first downs against a Wildcats team that hadn’t allowed 30 points in a game all season. TCU QB Trevone Boykin had 1 TD passing and three rushing to give them the edge in the game.
Kansas State was unable to sack Boykin the entire game, and couldn’t even get their rushing game going, averaging a pitiful 1.8 yards/carry on 19 attempts. By contrast, TCU averaged an incredible 7.0 yards/carry and ran for a total of 334 yards in the game – outrushing them by an even 300 total rushing yards.
With the win, TCU improves to 8-1 on the season, tied with Baylor in terms of record but will lose tie-breakers for the Big XII title due to the loss.
With #3 Auburn’s loss to Texas A&M, TCU will undoubtedly move up to the #5 spot as the poll reconfigures to the other winners. TCU next plays on the road against the Kansas Jayhawks and only has Texas and Iowa State on the schedule after that. Unfortunately, the fact that none of those three teams have winning records may mean that the strength of schedule prevents TCU from reaching the College Football playoffs.
With the loss, Kansas State lost its first game to a Big XII opponent, giving them a 7-2 record this season. The Wildcats next play on the road against West Virginia.