Q-and-A with ESPN Big 12 reporter Jake Trotter


Q: Bill Snyder-coached teams have often gone into difficult road environments and done surprisingly well. How do you see the Wildcats handling Amon G. Carter Stadium and what it has to offer?

A: K-State won in Norman, Oklahoma last month, so I think they’ll be fine. This is a veteran team with an experienced quarterback that is not going to get rattled on the road, even against a team as good as TCU.

Q: Trevone Boykin is a brand-new quarterback this season. What has been the junior’s biggest asset in his rejuvenated career?

A: The work Boykin put in during the offseason is behind his success. He got in the best shape of his life and dedicated himself to figuring out the finer points of playing quarterback. His leadership has been terrific going since the spring. On the field, his ability to extend plays with his wheels has been lethal. You can’t blitz him, because he’ll escape the pocket and pull off a big play running or throwing. And you can’t sit back, because he’ll stand in the pocket and pick your defense apart. He’s a nightmare matchup for any defensive coordinator.

Q: TCU prides itself in forcing turnovers and K-State might be one of the best if not the best in avoiding mental mistakes (turnovers, penalties, etc.) Which will be the bigger story after Saturday night’s game?

A: I like K-State to take care of the ball. They’ve been so good at it under Snyder. As good as TCU has been at forcing turnovers, and then scoring off those turnovers, I think K-State is going to make the Horned Frogs earn their points.

Q: Do you believe the winner of this game will go on to win the Big 12? Why or why not?

Yes. If TCU wins – and Baylor loses – the Horned Frogs would be in great shape to win an outright title. They would be tied with K-State in the standings, but they would have the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Wildcats would still have to go to Waco, Texas and Morgantown, West Virginia. As for the Wildcats, if they pulled off this win, they would still have work to do. But they would be in command. TCU, OU and potentially Baylor would all have two conference losses. The Wildcats would just have to split their final two road games, and they would be Big 12 champs.

Q: Biggest position matchup of the night?

TCU cornerback Kevin White against K-State wide receiver Tyler Lockett. Lockett has been one of the toughest players to cover in the league, but White did a tremendous job matched up against one of the league’s other tough covers in West Virginia WR Kevin White. The winner of this matchup will go a long way in determining the winner of this game.

Q: Score prediction?

31 TCU, 28 K-State