Mandatory Credit: Photo by Manny Flores/CSM/Shutterstock (13487530au) nd .TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Derius Davis (11) reaches for the ball as TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1) catches a deep pass for a touchdown durning a NCAA Football game between the Kansas State Wildcats and TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas NCAA Football Kansas State vs TCU, Fort Worth, USA – 22 Oct 2022
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS (4-4, 2-3 Big 12) AT #7 TCU HORNED FROGS (8-0, 5-0 Big 12)
Last Week: Texas Tech: Lost, 45-17 vs. Baylor, TCU: Won, 41-31 at West Virginia
This Week: Texas Tech at TCU, Saturday 11:00 a.m. CT
TV/Radio: FOX/SiriusXM channels 199 and 200
Fans of the TCU Horned Frogs are feeling a bit disrespected after the first College Football Playoff rankings of the fall, in which the committee ranked the Frogs seventh. Despite being 8-0 with wins over four different ranked opponents, TCU finds themselves behind one-loss Alabama and a Michigan team with one win over a ranked opponent all season. Head coach Sonny Dykes is hoping the Horned Frogs can channel their frustration into another Big 12 win this weekend as the Texas Tech Red Raiders come to town.
Texas Tech enters the matchup fresh off an embarrassing home loss at the hands of Baylor, plagued by turnovers while allowing 231 yards rushing to the Bears. All three of the Red Raiders’ quarterbacks contributed to the barrage of interceptions, once again casting doubt over who the starting quarterback might be heading into the tough road trip to Fort Worth. All indications early in the week from Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire seem to suggest that freshman Behren Morton will once again be the starter at quarterback this week, but nobody would be surprised if Donovan Smith or Tyler Shough entered the game at various times either. Morton is a talented young player who is comfortable playing at the tempo Texas Tech wants to play but will absolutely have to be better than he was a week ago (11-34, 152 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions) for the Red Raiders to be remotely competitive.
The Red Raiders will certainly have their hands full on defense with TCU’s fifth ranked scoring offense in the country. The Frogs are averaging more than 44 points per game and doing so with a balanced attack that ranks second in the Big 12 in both passing and rushing yards per game. Quarterback Max Duggan is unlikely to give Texas Tech extra possessions, as he will enter Saturday with 22 touchdowns and just two interceptions all season. Behren Morton and Tech’s other quarterbacks will have to take much better care of the football if they hope to keep pace, as the Horned Frogs will run away with this one otherwise.
BAYLOR BEARS (5-3, 3-2 Big 12)
Last Week: Won 45-17 at Texas Tech
This Week: at Oklahoma, Saturday 2:00 p.m. CT
TV/Radio: ESPN+/SiriusXM channel 380
Baylor continued to get back on track a week ago in Lubbock, trouncing Texas Tech 45-17 behind another huge game for freshman running back Richard Reese. Reese finished the evening with 148 yards rushing and three touchdowns, giving him 334 yards rushing and five touchdowns over the past two weeks alone. Baylor’s run-heavy attack gave both Kansas and Texas Tech fits and has a great chance to do the same against an Oklahoma run defense allowing 189 yards per game on average, worst in the Big 12. Richard Reese has carried the football 68 times over the last two games, and it would not be surprising to see him reach 30+ carries again Saturday afternoon in Norman. Oklahoma has begun to play better after a disastrous three weeks opened their conference schedule, winning two straight heading into Saturday over Kansas and Iowa State. The win over last-place Iowa State was the Sooners only Big 12 game allowing fewer than 41 points so far, but their offense is more than capable of keeping them in games anyway. Quarterback Dillon Gabriel has been effective and efficient when healthy, passing for 14 touchdowns and just one interception so far this season. The Bears’ defense feasted on Texas Tech’s carelessness last week, intercepting Red Raider quarterbacks on five different occasions – but there’s no QB controversy in Norman, and takeaways will be much harder to come by. Baylor snapped a seven-game losing streak against Oklahoma with last year’s 27-14 win in Waco and will look to begin a streak of their own with another win Saturday.
BEST OF THE REST AROUND TEXAS
(All games played Saturday, unless specified otherwise)
FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION
Rice 37, UTEP 30 (Thursday)
UTSA at UAB, 2:30 p.m. CT
Florida International at North Texas, 3:00 p.m. CT
Texas State at UL Monroe, 4:00 p.m. CT
FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION
Houston Christian at Incarnate Word, 2:00 p.m. CT
Northwestern State at Texas A&M Commerce, 2:00 p.m. CT
Southeastern Louisiana at Lamar, 3:00 p.m. CT
Abilene Christian at Tarleton State, 7:00 p.m. CT