The Red Raiders won the last time they visited Fort Worth, escaping with a 27-24 victory in double overtime. But Gary Patterson and TCU has won three of five career games against Texas Tech since Kliff Kingsbury took over the program in 2013.
There’s plenty of storylines going into this game, too, with each team facing quarterback questions.
Patterson said he expects Shawn Robinson to play, but wouldn’t say whether Robinson or backup Michael Collins would start. Robinson is dealing with a left shoulder injury, and it remains to be seen how many snaps he may be available for.
Tech, meanwhile, is dealing with its own injury concern to freshman quarterback Alan Bowman, who sustained a partially collapsed long against West Virginia. Bowman, a Grapevine High product, is having a solid season and Kingsbury is hopeful Bowman is available.
If not, the Red Raiders have other options in Jett Duffey or McLane Carter.
Quarterback questions aside, here’s what you need to know for Thursday’s game –
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth
TV: ESPN (Dave Flemming, Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway, Laura Rutledge)
Radio: WBAP 820 AM, KTCU 88.7 FM, SiriusXM 84 (Brian Estridge, John Denton, Landry Burdine)
Spanish Radio: KFZO 99.1 FM (Miguel Cruz, Elvis Gallegos)
The line: TCU by 7 1/2 (over/under 63)
Attending the game
Tickets: Available starting at $60 ($45 for groups of 20 or more). May be purchased on school’s website or at the Parrish Family Athletics Ticket Office in Schollmaier Arena beginning at 1:30 p.m. through halftime on Thursday.
Gates: Open at 4:30 p.m. Fans entering the east side of the stadium are encouraged to arrive early to avoid long lines at the gates. Gates 7 and 9 are closed due to construction. Fans are encouraged to enter on the West or North sides of the stadium.
Parking: With the midweek contest, lots open three hours – instead of the standard five hours – before kickoff (3:30 p.m.). Free parking lots (that don’t allow tailgating) are located at McKinney Bible Church (4805 Arborlawn Drive, 929 spots) and Travis Avenue Baptist Church (800 W Berry Street, 450 spots) with shuttle service beginning three hours prior to kickoff.
Ride share (Uber, Lyft, etc): Pick up and drop off is at the corner of Wabash Avenue and McPherson Avenue, northeast of the stadium.
Taxis are allowed to pick up and drop off at the corner of Stadium Drive and Bellaire Drive North, southeast of the stadium.
Frog Alley: Has moved because of the east-side stadium construction. It’s now in front of Schollmaier Arena.
Frog Alley is open three hours before kickoff (3:30 p.m.) with the team arriving for the “Frog Walk” 2.5 hours before (4 p.m.). The marching band will perform one hour before kickoff (5:30 p.m.).
What to wear: This is a “Black Out” game as TCU fans are encouraged to wear black apparel.
Did you know?
TCU has won eight consecutive home games. The longest home-winning streak? 22 straight from 2007-11. … TCU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Sonny Cumbie was Tech’s starting QB when it had a 70-35 victory in 2004. That’s the most points ever allowed by TCU under Gary Patterson. … As a member of TCU’s staff in 2014, Cumbie helped the Frogs set single-game TCU and Big 12 scoring records in their 82-27 victory. … The all-time series began in 1926 with TCU winning, 28-16. But Tech has gotten the best over the long haul, owning a all-time series edge of 31-26-3.
They said it
“They’re always hard to defend anyways. They’re one of the top total offenses in the nation, they always are. Coach Kingsbury does a great job, so for us we try to do as good of a job as we can.” – TCU coach Gary Patterson on Texas Tech’s offense
“The one constant sometimes in coaching is Gary Patterson and the job he does on the defensive side of the football. No team is more prepared defensively. It’s just impressive to watch year in, year out as the pieces change, the consistency on that side of the football stays the same. He is a phenomenal defensive coach. I think that’s the piece when you look at the consistency they have over the years is him.” – Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury on TCU’s defense
With the quarterback situations on each team in flux, this is a difficult game to project. What we know? Texas Tech has the highest-scoring offense in the Big 12 and TCU has the top-ranked defense. The Red Raiders won’t reach their season average of 48.4 points a game as the Frogs do just enough to extend their home winning streak to nine.
TCU 34, Texas Tech 31