If there is such a thing as a trap game, TCU-Kansas is proving to be the dictionary definition of it.
The Horned Frogs came into Week 12 ranked fourth in the most recent College Football Playoff poll. It was coming off a stretch in which it had played five ranked opponents in a span of six games. The Jayhawks, meanwhile, have won just two of its last 33 games in Big 12 play.
On the road in Lawrence Saturday, TCU played like it was looking ahead to next Tuesday’s CFP rankings release as KU jumped out to a 13-10 halftime lead. Granted, KU likely won’t maintain that edge, but head coach Gary Patterson can, and likely will, use it as a teachable moment in his halftime speech.
Trevone Boykin, one of a handful of Heisman contenders, completed 17-of-23 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown in the first half. On the flip side, he threw a pick-six that extended KU’s lead to 13-7.
The total offense for the two teams was essentially a wash, with TCU collecting 226 to 216 for KU. The Horned Frogs’ running game was practically non-existent as they were held to 24 yards on 10 carries.
UPDATED 6:36 p.m. ET: TCU was able to mount a second-half comeback and stave off four-touchdown underdog Kansas’ upset bid, escaping Lawrence with a 34-30 win. The question now becomes is how much the CFP committee punishes the Horned Frogs, if at all, for a close road win over a really, really, really bad football team.