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TCU football vs. Kansas Jayhawks game: Kickoff time, TV, line, prediction

Five Things to Know: TCU v. KU

Here are five things to know before the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Kansas Jayhawks.
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Here are five things to know before the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Kansas Jayhawks.

TCU makes its first trip outside the state of Texas to face Kansas on Saturday. The Horned Frogs will be relieved to focus on just football after what’s been a difficult week.

TCU coach Gary Patterson kicked off one of the best players, KaVontae Turpin, after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend last weekend. Controversy ensued once it was revealed Turpin had another domestic violence charge against the same girlfriend last March in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The TCU coaching staff knew of an incident involving Turpin last spring, but a third-party website used by an assistant revealed only one charge against Turpin (a criminal property damage charge).

The university has acknowledged the staff didn’t do enough to find out about the entirety of the incident.

For Patterson and the football team, the focus shifts to Kansas with Michael Collins set to make his first Big 12 start. 

Patterson has never lost to the Jayhawks, but trips to Lawrence typically don’t produce easy wins. The Frogs last two trips to Kansas were a 34-30 victory in 2014 and a 24-23 victory in 2016.

Here’s everything you need to know going into it --

The details

Kickoff: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Booth Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kansas

TV: FS1 (Brian Custer, Ben Leber)

Radio: WBAP 820 AM, KTCU 88.7 FM, Sirius 78, XM 386 (Brian Estridge, John Denton, Landry Burdine)

Spanish Radio: KFZO 99.1 FM (Miguel Cruz, Elvis Gallegos)

The line: TCU by 14 1/2 (over/under 49)

Did you know?

This is TCU’s first game outside of Texas this season. The Frogs make just one other regular-season trip outside the state (Nov. 10 at West Virginia). … KU and TCU are the two worst passing teams in the Big 12 when it comes to yards per attempt. The Frogs are ninth at 6.6 yards per throw, and the Jayhawks are last at 5.9. … Former TCU assistant and Arlington Bowie head coach Kenny Perry is Kansas’ recruiting and special teams coordinator. Perry coached TCU defensive backs Tony James and Niko Small at Bowie.

They said it

“Being 3-4 I would tell you that I’m not real happy. I don’t care where I play as long as we win. You spell fun ‘w-i-n.’ You don’t spell it any other way.” – Patterson on leaving the state of Texas for the first time this season

“We’ll look at who has the best week and we’ll make a decision going from there.” – Kansas coach David Beaty on who’ll start at quarterback

Prediction

TCU is playing with its backup quarterback, saw one of its star players suspended this week and has a number of significant injuries to overcome. But Kansas is one of the worst teams in the country. The Frogs tend to make it interesting when they visit Lawrence, but Gary Patterson has never lost to the Jayhawks. That stays in tact this weekend. TCU 31, KU 20.

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