Five interesting facts to know ahead of Texas vs. TCU

No. 4 TCU travels to face No. 18 Texas in Austin this week.

It’s tabbed the game of the week for good reason. The Horned Frogs are hoping to keep their unbeaten season alive and remain in the College Football Playoff hunt, while Texas opened as the favorite over TCU and desperately needs a win to control its path to the Big 12 title game.

Some national media experts predict a close shootout between the two conference programs. Others believe it could be a lopsided outcome in either direction.

TCU has started slowly in several games this season, and Texas has struggled to perform in the second half. The Longhorns will need to have a balanced performance from start to finish to escape with a massive win this week.

James Parks of Sports Illustrated recently discussed several interesting facts ahead of the Texas-TCU matchup. Here are a few of the most interesting ones to keep an eye on.

TCU is No. 2 nationally with 7.36 yards per play

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Texas is 2-9 allowing 30-plus points under Steve Sarkisian

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The Horned Frogs have scored at least 34 points in their first 9 games for the first time

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Texas has scored on 90% of red zone chances (36 of 40), scoring touchdowns on 25 drives

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TCU is No. 1 nationally with 14 touchdowns of 50-plus yards

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Story originally appeared on Longhorns Wire