Weis not fooled by TCU's losing record
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kansas coach Charlie Weis says he isn't fooled by TCU's losing record.
"Coach Gary Patterson has been there now for 15 years ... now people want to talk about his 2-3 start," Weis said. "The teams that he lost to are 15-1. ... So there's a reason for those close losses he had."
The Horned Frogs (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) have played one of the toughest schedules in the country. The losses are to No. 10 LSU, No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 20 Texas Tech — all by 10 points or less and all away from their home stadium.
TCU, back home Saturday where it is 2-0 this season, made its Big 12 debut last year with a victory at Kansas.
When the Jayhawks (2-2, 0-1) travel Fort Worth for the first time since 1996, and the first time as a conference opponent, the Frogs need another victory to avoid an unusual slide.
The Frogs haven't started 0-3 in conference play in any league since 1997, when they lost their first seven Western Athletic Conference games. TCU hasn't lost three consecutive conference games at any point in the same season since 1998.
"We knew what we were getting into," Patterson said. "We knew what LSU and Oklahoma were going to be like. Texas Tech was a bit of a surprise. ... We're still very close to being able to win some ball games. The kids are playing hard."
Patterson said the worst thing that could happen now is for people to panic.
"No panic here. That doesn't mean I'm happy," he said. "Everything usually goes down from the top. Let's go see if we can find a way to beat Kansas."
Here are five things to know when the Jayhawks and Horned Frogs play:
BOTTOM PASSES: Kansas and TCU have the two worst passing offenses in the Big 12. Jake Heaps has thrown more interceptions (five) than touchdowns (four) for the Jayhawks, who average 195 yards passing per game. That is better only in the league than TCU's 193 yards passing per game from dual-threat Trevone Boykin. Heaps has played in Fort Worth before, throwing for only 91 yards with two interceptions in BYU's 31-3 loss to the Frogs three years ago.
SNAP CHANGES: Among the changes Kansas has made on the offensive line is new starting center Gavin Howard, who had never snapped a ball to Heaps until this week. "It's not like this is his first time ever snapping," Heaps said. "Us getting used to each other and those kind of things, it's been a smooth transition. He does a very good job. There haven't been any kinks that we've had to work out."
EARLY RISERS: This will be TCU's third home game this season, and all have been 11 a.m. local kickoffs. The Horned Frogs won the first two. This is Kansas' third straight 11 a.m. game, and they split the first two, both at home — the Jayhawks won 13-10 over Louisiana Tech on a game-ending field goal and lost 54-16 to Texas Tech last week.
TRUE KICKS: Dating to last season, TCU kicker Jade Oberkrom has made 11 of 13 field goal attempts (7 of 9 this season) and converted 59 consecutive extra points, 20 shy of the school record. Fellow sophomore Ethan Perry had two punts of more than 50 yards against Oklahoma last week. There have been only two punts returned against the Frogs this season.
BREAKING UP IS EASY: Jayhawks cornerback Dexter McDonald has eight pass breakups through the first four games for Kansas. Add in his first career interception a few weeks ago and he leads the Big 12 and is second nationally with 2.3 passes defended per game. Only Indiana's Tim Bennett, with 2.8 per game, has more. McDonald and Bennett are the only players nationally with more than KU corner JaCorey Shepherd's 2.0 passes defended.