- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

No. 2 TCU (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) at Kansas State (3-1, 0-1), 6:30 p.m. (FOX)

Line: TCU by 10

Series Record: Tied 4-4

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The Horned Frogs are trying to stay in the College Football Playoff hunt in their third road trip of the season, while Kansas State is trying to bounce back from a last-minute loss at Oklahoma State last weekend.



KEY MATCHUP

Kansas State QB Joe Hubener against TCU’s defense. Hubener was banged up in last week’s game against the Cowboys, forcing WR Kody Cook to play as the emergency fifth-string quarterback. When Cook got hurt, Hubener went back in and finished the game. He needs to remain healthy and play well for the Wildcats to have a shot, especially against a TCU defense that nearly shut out Texas a week ago.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

TCU: WR Josh Doctson ranks second nationally with 722 yards receiving and eight TD catches. His two TD catches against Texas gave him 23 in his career, breaking Josh Boyce’s school record.

Kansas State: LB Elijah Lee leads the Wildcats in tackles. A defensive end in high school, he has helped to anchor a defense that is particularly stout against the run. Kansas State has only allowed 284 yards rushing in four games.

FACTS & FIGURES

TCU has a 13-game winning streak, second only to Ohio State’s 18-game run. … Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson is 1-2 against his alma mater since TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012. … TCU has won 21 of its last 27 conference road games. … The Horned Frogs’ only win at Kansas State came in 1985. … TCU QB Trevone Boykin ranks second nationally in total offense (408.8 yards per game) and leads all active players with 10,634 career yards. … Horned Frogs K Jaden Oberkrom needs two FGs to pass Nick Browne (65) for most in school history. … Wildcats RB Justin Silmon has 61 carries for 260 yards as a redshirt freshman walk-on. … Kansas State is 0-3 against top-two opponents at home under Bill Snyder. … The Wildcats have not defeated a top-five opponent at home since beating No. 4 Texas in 2006. … Kansas State had won 49 straight when leading at half before last week’s game against Oklahoma State.

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