In the fast paced Big 12, offenses are lighting up scoreboards at ridiculous rates and are racking up yardage just as fast. Much of the strategy used has shifted away from power and physicality and it has been a struggle to match up defensively for teams such as Kansas, as well many others in the league.
On Saturday, the Jayhawks (2-2, 0-1) will face a TCU team that while possessing great athletes at the skill positions, is trying to shift to a more physical nature that matches up with Gary's Patterson's always strong defense.
They don't hurry too much and they keep things simple scheme wise. They also won't light up the scoreboard, but they are exceptionally well coached and very disciplined, which makes them tough. They don't beat themselves too much and can play with anyone. To beat them will be a tall task for Kansas.
Going into the season, the Horned Frogs (2-3, 0-2) were expecting the return of quarterback Casey Pachall, but a season injury has brought back Travone Boykin (6-2 215), who was solid after replacing Pachall in 2012, following his dismissal from the team. Boykin will make his 14th career start as just a sophomore on Saturday. On the season, he's 69-113 for 791 yards and four touchdowns, while serving as the team's leading rusher with 248 yards and two touchdowns. The group is averaging 28 points 321 yards per game.
TCU will throw any of three running backs out there at a given time, primarily in a one back set, led by senior Waymon James (5-8 203). Sophomores B.J. Catalon (5-9 190) and Aaron Green (5-11 200) will play as well. Although, it should be noted that James and Catalon will get the bulk of the carries.
The receivers are fairly even statistically, led by junior Brandon Carter (5-11 186), who's tied with junior Cam White (6-3 200) with 13 reception for 156 and 132 yards respectively. Sophomore Ladarius Brown (6-4 220) and freshman Ty Slanina (6-0 193) make up the rest of the starters. Junior tight end Stephen Bryant (6-5 240) is listed as the starter, but has yet to catch a pass this season.
The Horned Frogs' offensive line is solid and big. Senior left tackle James Dunbar (6-6 315) anchors the unit. Left guard Jamelle Naff (6-4 325) is a sophomore, but will be a big part of the line going forward with his size. Sophomore center Joey Hunt is the "baby" of the group at 6-3 295 pounds. The right side of the line is comprised of senior guard Eric Tausch at 6-3 300 pounds and sophomore tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai at 6-6 308.
TCU's kicker is sophomore Jaden Oberkrom (6-3 187). Catalon, James and Carter serve as the kick returners.