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TCU-Baylor preview: Matchups, stats and trends

TCU running back Aaron Green rushed for 126 yards at Oklahoma.
TCU running back Aaron Green rushed for 126 yards at Oklahoma. Star-Telegram

Key matchups

Quarterback vs. quarterback: This was supposed to be the game that featured Heisman hopefuls Trevone Boykin and Seth Russell leading high-powered offenses. We already know that Russell won’t be calling the shots for Baylor. It is likely to be third-teamer Chris Johnson, who was stellar in his appearance against Oklahoma State, filling in for the injured Jarrett Stidham. TCU’s Boykin, who has been sidelined with a high-ankle sprain, has been improving. If he can’t go, Bram Kohlhausen will be under center. He gave the Horned Frogs a chance of a win at Oklahoma when he replaced Foster Sawyer.

7 Games TCU has gained at least 600 yards, tied for most in the nation.

Baylor passing game vs. TCU secondary: Johnson, who started the year at receiver, showed a solid ability to throw the deep ball against Oklahoma State, passing for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Baylor’s Corey Coleman leads the nation with a whopping 20 touchdown catches. Jay Lee averages 21 yards per reception and K.D. Cannon averages 19.85 yards per catch. That’s going to put a lot of pressure on a picked-on secondary that has allowed more than 228 passing yards a game. The good news for TCU? Baylor is giving up nearly 250 passing yards a game.

45 Touchdown drives of two minutes or less that Baylor has this season. That’s the most in the country.

Hype vs. reality: Before the season, this game was supposed to decide the Big 12 championship and have national championship implications. It still could for Baylor. TCU has a chance to play spoiler as Baylor needs an impressive win and some help to get back in the playoff picture.

TCU’s campus was in Waco from 1895 until 1910. The school wasn’t called TCU until 1902 and moved to Fort Worth in 1910 when the campus in Waco burned.

TCU defensive end Josh Carraway looks ahead to TCU's season-ending matchup with Baylor. (Video: Travis L. Brown)

 

Streaks

▪ The Horned Frogs have recorded at least one sack a school-record 28 consecutive games, tied for the fourth longest active streak in the country.

▪ TCU has scored a first-quarter touchdown in 24 consecutive games, a Big 12 record and second-longest streak in the country.

▪ Baylor has beaten an Associated Press top five team in five consecutive years. That’s tied with Alabama for the longest in the country.

Tarrant ties

Baylor has four players from the Tarrant County on its roster. Kicker Spencer Evans (Arlington Martin) handles the kickoff duties defensive end Brian Nance (Euless Trinity) has a pair of sacks.

Chris Johnson, the Bears' third-team QB, is expected to start against TCU and says he is adjusting to life in the lineup after a leg injury to Jarrett Stidham cleared his path to more playing time. Video by Jimmy Burch.

The basics

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium

Records: TCU (9-2, 6-2 in Big 12); Baylor (9-1, 6-1 in Big 12)

Last week: TCU lost to Oklahoma 30-29; Baylor beat Oklahoma State 45-35

Series record: Baylor leads 52-51-7

Last meeting: Baylor won 61-58 in Waco

TV: ESPN

Radio: WBAP/820-AM; KTCU/88.7-FM

Forecast: 54 and rain

Point spread: Baylor by 1 1/2

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