The Kansas Jayhawks don’t exactly scream football excellence — well, at least not in recent history.
The Jayhawks have done one thing well, however. Kansas has played nothing but competitive contests against TCU since the two programs started facing each other annually when the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12 Conference in 2012.
They’ve all been TCU wins, but the scores of the last five contests between TCU and Kansas have been 20-6, 27-17, 34-30, 23-17 and 24-23.
For the non-math majors, in the three latest meetings, TCU has won by a combined 11 points against a team that has only won three games in the past three years.
Kansas head coach David Beaty was asked about the competitiveness of the Big 12 foes’ recent meetings, and he’s not even sure why or how it’s happened.
“Man, I really don’t,” Beaty said during his Tuesday press conference. “I mean, I don’t understand why you would play better against one team than any of the others. But we have in the past. That doesn’t mean that you’re going to this time. You’ve still got to go earn that, right? They’re one of the best teams in the country. So we better have everything ready to go and hitting on all cylinders.”
Beaty theorized because a lot of his players are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area that it might give them an extra chip on their shoulder when facing a TCU team that potentially might’ve overlooked them in recruiting.
He also thought it might be the proximity between the two schools, meaning a better chance of playing in front of family and friends.
“It’s close to home for those Dallas kids. Even our Central Texan kids, it’s an easy game for them to get to,” Beaty said. “I think it might be one of the reasons they have a little bit more juice going into that game. It shouldn’t be that way, but I think sometimes subliminally it happens that way.”
Whatever the case may be, the seemingly always interesting clash between Kansas and TCU will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will be nationally televised on FOX.