5 Keys to Victory vs. Kansas

The #4 TCU Horned Frogs roll in the Lawrence Kansas with a lot on the line. Here's what they'll need to do in order to take care of business and get back to Fort Worth with the win.

5. Stay Focused

It seems funny to say that TCU needs to stay focused, but it’s true. In what would usually be viewed as a trap game, TCU should be able to maintain their focus. It would be easy to look past a (3-6) football team, but, if TCU were to do that, the results could be catastrophic. I fully expect to see TCU come out ready to play and in doing so, they should walk out of Lawrence with a convincing victory

4. Remember where you came from

This is something that Coach Patterson has discussed with his team all season. Coming off of a season that saw TCU post a (4-8) record, the Frogs can hardly afford to take anyone lightly and I don’t think they will. If TCU wants to get to the promised land, they need to heed the advice of their experienced leader.

3. Win the turnover battle

This is a key that could be used literally every week. With temperatures expected to be in the 20’s with a good chance for snow, ball protection is a must. TCU has dominated their opponents in the turnover battle all year long and they’ll need to continue that trend this week. With a physical, aggressive and smart defense, TCU leads the nation in turnover margin at +26 (11 fumbles, 16 interceptions). The Frogs force their opponents in to game changing mistakes and protect it well when they have it on offense (6 fumbles, 5 interceptions). Those statistics are pretty telling.

2. Bring your own energy

Another long time Patterson philosophy that’s been preached to his teams through the years is how to take your own energy on the road. This will be a game where TCU will need to do just that. Against a struggling team, on the road, and with the possibility of a small TCU fan turn out, the Frogs will need to create their own energy. With everything that’s on the line, that shouldn’t be a problem.

1. Run the ball for 200 + yards

Kansas has one of the most inept offenses in the country and TCU should be able to outscore them fairly easily. The key to a clean victory for the Frogs will be for them to pound the football with their talented stable of running backs, shortening the game being the idea here. With B.J. Catalon likely to miss another game, Aaron Green, Kyle Hicks and Trevorris Johnson will need to do what they’ve done all season. By shortening the game and controlling the clock, TCU can get out of Lawrence healthy leading in to a bye week.

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