Why is 6 afraid of 7, asks the old kids joke. Because 7, 8, 9. (Or seven ate nine.) But today the reason No. 6 TCU might be afraid of No. 7 Kansas State is because of No. 23. That’s No. 23 B.J. Catalon, TCU’s leading rusher, who will miss the Saturday night showdown because of what’s being described as an “upper body injury.” Catalon was hammered late in last week’s West Virginia game, and didn’t practice all week. The Kansas State vs. TCU game is the marquee Big 12 matchup of the week, despite Baylor’s visit to Oklahoma, a game which many predicted would have bigger playoff implications.
Catalon has scored 11 touchdowns for the Horned Frogs, 10 rushing and 1 receiving. TCU has struggled in years past with offense, which held them back despite being a first-rate defensive team. This year Catalon had helped solved that problem, so a big question mark sits in the middle of this biggest of Big 12 matchups. Trevone Boykin, who has reinvented himself as a quarterback in TCU’s new offensive scheme, may need a magical day at home for No. 6 to overcome its stacked visitor. It won’t be easy to produce magic against KSU. But TCU has propensity to get more chances than its opponents–it leads the nation in turnovers caused with 26 in eight games. (On the other hand Kansas State usually takes care of the ball.) An invitation to the inaugural college football playoffs would seem to hang in the balance today for these two teams–a convincing performance by either would probably stamp its name on an invitation. No. 7 Kansas State (7-1) @ No. 6 TCU (7-1) 7:30 PM FOX