Jimmy G and Co. TCU vs Kansas State running back Tevin Coleman and defensive end Dee Ford are listed as questionable for Monday's game, watch tcu football defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive back Jimmie Ward are absent from the injury report for the first time all season. Instead, the TCU vs Kansas State have grinded their way to while the Niners have cruised to and are coming off of their bye week. Jimmy Garoppolo and Baker Mayfield have not played up to preseason expectations through the start of the year. TCU vs Kansas State is trying to gain some momentum to rebound after stumbling out of the gates.
It might not always be the matchup of the two best teams, but it will definitely be the most entertaining contest. Because fun is what college football is all about, right?
Now that the College Football Playoff selection committee has put out its first rankings of the season , the playoffs to get into the Playoff is upon us.
Nowhere is that more true than the Big 12, which has three undefeated schools TCU, Baylor, and Oklahoma State and a single one-loss squad Oklahoma vying for a spot in the four-team New Year's Eve bracket. None of these teams have played each other yet, and the only route for any of them to reach the Playoff might be to win all of their games against the others.
TCU and Oklahoma State kick off what amounts to a four-squad round-robin on Saturday, and we'll finally learn what to expect from two schools, which, to put it eloquently, ain't played nobody. Of the top 34 Playoff contenders coming into the season , Oklahoma State's nonconference schedule strength ranked dead last, and TCU's ranked 27th.
Oh, and sorry, Horned Frogs: with Minnesota now simply fighting for bowl eligibility, your close win over the Gophers to open the season looks a lot less impressive now.
So we really have no idea what to expect of TCU-Oklahoma State—besides touchdowns, and that's what figures to make it fun. Oklahoma State has been putting up lots of points against just about everyone this year—though, to be fair, they've been shredding some awful defenses—and hung 70 on Texas Tech last week.
Meanwhile, TCU's offense arguably has the most dynamic offensive player in the country in quarterback Trevone Boykin. The Horned Frogs are never out of a game with Boykin under center, and if the Cowboys hope to contain him, they'll have to play better than they did in near losses to Texas and Kansas State.
Both schools are pretty good.
Are they great? No one knows. We do know that the winner will have an inside Playoff track, and that the loser will be all but eliminated from contention.
Add those stakes to an expected offensive eruption, and this one is a must-watch. Oklahoma State would like to avoid a repeat of last season's loss to TCU.
The Tigers are the most complete team in the country, but the Seminoles are talented enough to make that a moot point. Navy at No. However, Navy is very underrated, with its only loss coming to Notre Dame.
It's incredibly hard for Navy to compete against powerhouse programs, considering the Naval Academy's recruiting restrictions , but the Midshipmen have a stellar triple-option offense that could prove maddening for the Tigers' defense.
Memphis should win, but this one has upset potential. Duke at North Carolina I'm not sure this is going to be a particularly well-played game, but it's the most relevant Duke-North Carolina football game in years: the winner will become the favorite for the ACC Coastal title, and it's always good when big rivalries are relevant across different sports.
Also, it will feature ACC refs! Can't wait to see what happens next! Wait, they play football, too? This season is no different.
The winner could be No. The loser might be knocked out of Playoff contention altogether. Don't feel bad about skipping it No. As it turns out, Nebraska is quite bad , and the Huskers are coming off a loss to Purdue—Purdue!
There are better prime-time games to watch. Don't waste your time on what could very well turn into a blowout.