What was supposed to be one of the top games of the year on the college football calendar has been diminished in its importance this week as it relates to the national championship and Big 12 picture, but that will not stop Baylor and TCU from going all out for a win this weekend. Unfortunately, both teams are facing some injury concerns with their starting quarterbacks in the days leading up to the game.
On Monday, TCU head coach Gary Patterson said his starting quarterback, Trevone Boykin, is still not 100 percent ready to go but is showing signs of improvement. Boykin did not play against Oklahoma this past weekend in Norman. Boykin is working his way back from an ankle injury suffered a couple of weeks ago against Kansas. If Boykin is unavailable to play against the Bears, TCU will likely go with Bram Kohlhausen at quarterback. Kohlhausen came off the sideline to lead a late TCU rally against the Sooners that nearly led to a victory (a two-point conversion attempt that would have won the game was knocked down).
In Waco, Art Briles is hoping his backup quarterback will be good to go against the Horned Frogs. Freshman Jarrett Stidham, who has filled in for an injured Seth Russell, is questionable for this weekend, and Briles appears to be less than optimistic about his chances of playing.
Stidham rallied after getting roughed up in a loss to Oklahoma the previous week. Before leaving the game with Oklahoma State with an injury, Stidham passed for 258 yards and a touchdown and picked up 36 rushing yards on seven rushing attempts to help Baylor rebound from its first loss of the season. Chris Johnson stepped in to lead the offense after Stidham left the game, and he completed five of his 10 pass attempts for 138 yards and two touchdowns with one interception thrown.
As the week goes by, both teams will be closely monitoring the status of their quarterbacks. Baylor still remains lurking in the College Football Playoff picture, even by a hair at this point with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State playing this week to determine the true Big 12 champion. TCU is out of the discussion with two losses but can still play spoiler. TCU also has a revenge factor after letting one slip away against Baylor last season for their only loss of the year, which likely prevented TCU from entering the playoff.