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Associated Press Modified: September 13, 2012 at 10:32 am •  Published: September 13, 2012
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SATURDAY

No. 16 TCU (1-0) at Kansas (1-1), noon (FX)

Line: TCU by 21

Series Record: TCU leads 16-8-4

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Horned Frogs are riding a nine-game winning streak, the longest in the nation, into their Big 12 debut against the Jayhawks. Kansas is trying to rebound from a fourth-quarter meltdown last Saturday against Rice, another former Southwest Conference program.

KEY MATCHUP

TCU QB Casey Pachall against the Kansas secondary. Pachall was 9 of 9 for 201 yards and three TDs in a 56-0 season-opening rout of Grambling State. He'll be going against a Jayhawks defensive backfield that has struggled mightily against South Dakota State and Rice.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

TCU: RB Waymon James is a big play waiting to happen. He ran for 875 yards and six TDs last season, and his average of 7.2 yards was seventh nationally. James only carried five times in TCU's opener, but he averaged 13.8 yards and also caught a 30-yard pass against Grambling State.

Kansas: QB Dayne Crist has struggled through his first two games since transferring from Notre Dame, throwing for just 313 yards with two TDs and three interceptions. Crist will have to do better than his 51.6 completion percentage to give the Jayhawks a shot against TCU.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Horned Frogs head into their next league having won 24 consecutive conference games. ... Gary Patterson surpassed Dutch Meyer to become TCU's winningest coach with last Saturday's victory over Grambling State. Patterson's winning percentage (110-30) is fourth nationally among active coaches. ... Patterson was born in Larned, Kan., and played linebacker at Kansas State. ... TCU and Kansas are meeting for the first time since 1997, a 17-10 win by the Jayhawks, who have won the last three matchups. ... Kansas RB Tony Pierson has back-to-back 100-yard rushing games. ... The Jayhawks have forced eight turnovers in their first two games.


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