It was a statement game Saturday night when 6th ranked the TCU Horned Frogs took on 7th ranked Kansas State Wildcats at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Ft. Worth. TCU beat Kansas State 41-20 and made a statement that they have to be included in the conversation for who should be in the final four college playoffs.
After apologizing to his team last week for a poor performance against West Virginia, TCU QB Trevone Boykin threw for 219 yards and ran for 123 against a Kansas State defense that was #1 in the Big 12 coming into this game. Boykin didn’t need to apologize this week for his performance. TCU’s Aaron Green filling in for an injured B.J. Catalon ran for 171 yards on 18 carries to help show that TCU was not a one dimensional passing only offense.
The win ended the Wildcats five game winning streak and it created a three way tie in the Big 12 standings. TCU (8-1, 5-1), Kansas State (7-2, 5-1), and Baylor (8-1, 5-1) all sit atop the Big 12 conference with three games left in the regular season. Despite the three way tie, TCU would be the odds on favorite to make the college football playoffs this year with games on the road at Kansas and Texas, and have a home game against Iowa State.
After an Auburn loss to Texas A&M Saturday night, TCU is #5 in the college playoff picture behind Mississippi State, Florida State, Oregon, and Alabama. With the likelihood that one of the SEC teams will knock the other out, TCU has a good chance to make the playoffs this year in pursuit of a national championship title.