Preview: No. 8 TCU football set to host No. 17 Kansas State in Fort Worth

TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston tallies 180 yards on 8 receptions on October 15, 2022. (photo courtesy of

By Dru Kennedy, Staff Writer

On Saturday, the No. 8 TCU Horned Frogs will face No. 17 Kansas State in Fort Worth. The winner will remain on top of the Big 12 Conference standings. Although K-State has a loss, they are flawless in Big 12 play, just like the Horned Frogs. The Wildcats will be fresh on Saturday, coming off a bye week.

“That’s life in the Big 12,” said head coach Sonny Dykes.

Looking ahead to Saturday, junior cornerback Josh Newton said the team has yet to play its best football.

“We haven’t played a whole four quarters of our type of football yet,” Newton said. “We can be even more special.”

The No. 8 ranked Frogs are 6-0 for the first time since 2017 and have an opportunity to beat their fourth top-25 team in a row for the first time in program history. This task won’t come easy.

When talking about Kansas State, head coach Sonny Dykes mentioned the Wildcats may be a more complete team compared to the squads the Frogs’ have already crossed paths with.

“They’re hard to beat, they know how to win and they have a good formula for doing it,” Dykes said.

Senior offensive lineman Wes Harris shared his perspective on this season’s conference play.

“There are no easy games in the Big 12,” Harris said.

The Frogs will look to have a more aggressive start earlier in the game this week.

“We have to be the hammer instead of the nail,” Newton said.

The team will have to utilize key pieces in their offense early in the game to stifle the Kansas State defense, including running back Kendre Miller and wide receiver Quentin Johnston.

Miller, who scored the game winning touchdown against Oklahoma State on Saturday, is averaging an impressive 6.4 yards per game. Johnston has also been impressive as of late; the Horned Frog WR has tallied 386 yards and two touchdowns in his last two outings.

The Frogs will look to tie the head to head series with their opponent, as the Wildcats currently hold an 8-7 lead.

A key Wildcat to look out for will be quarterback Adrian Martinez. Martinez has 998 all-purpose yards, 10 touchdowns and hasn’t thrown an interception this season.

On the other side of the ball, look out for defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah. Anudike-Uzomah leads the nation in sacks per game and ranks 14th in forced fumbles. The defensive star is one of the nation’s top pass-rushers.

The Frogs look forward to another big-time matchup in front of a home crowd.

“We need the fans right in the game just like we are,” Newton said. “They help with the momentum shift.”

Kickoff for TCU vs. Kansas State will be at 7 p.m. CST on Saturday and will be aired on FS1.