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No. 17 TCU tries to make it 5 straight wins against Texas

September 20, 2018

No. 17 TCU (2-1, 0-0 Big 12) at Texas (2-1, 0-0), 4:30 p.m. ET (Fox).

Line: TCU by 3.

Series record: Texas leads 62-25-1

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The winner emerges as a top contender for the Big 12 title, which is where TCU thinks it belongs, and Texas is longing to be after years of being a league also-ran. TCU also wants to avoid a second-straight loss after dropping a tough game against No. 4 Ohio State.

KEY MATCHUP

Texas linebackers Anthony Wheeler and Gary Johnson against TCU running back Darius Anderson. Wheeler and Johnson have to be able to run with Anderson and prevent the big play. Anderson brings game-breaking speed and a missed assignment or broken tackle could open the field straight to the end zone. Anderson’s 93-yard touchdown run last week was the longest play from scrimmage against Ohio State in Buckeyes history.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

TCU: QB Shawn Robinson. The first-year starter had three turnovers last week, including two that directly resulted in touchdowns. His mobility could keep Texas pass rushers off balance.

Texas: S Caden Sterns. The freshman has become a playmaker with an interception and a blocked field goal the last two games and he’s already drawing comparisons to former Texas All-American Earl Thomas.

FACTS & FIGURES

TCU has won four in a row over the Longhorns and is the only Big 12 program Texas hasn’t beaten since Mack Brown was forced out after the 2013 season. And they haven’t been close games with an average score of 38-8 ... Texas QB Sam Ehlinger was just 15 of 33 passing last week but it included touchdown throws of 47 and 27 yards ... TCU’s 38 road wins since 2009 are second in the nation.

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