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Thursday Links O' War: October 9, 2014

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The rapid rise of Brandon Finnegan | ESPN

He is 500 miles away, a universe from the frat boys popping fireworks outside and the Chipotle on S. Hulen Street where they used to scarf down burritos. But Brandon Finnegan is still very near. He just sent one of his old TCU baseball teammates a Snapchat photo of himself wearing his Kansas City Royals uniform, right before Game 1 of the American League Division Series. That's Finny, constantly tethered to his phone, even when he's looking out at 45,000 fans piling into Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.

Top-10 matchup for TCU-Baylor 1st with both ranked | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Baylor and TCU first played each other in 1899, when both Christian schools were still located in Waco.

Ex-quarterback Sam Carter is key to TCU's defense | ESPN

TCU had won at least 11 games in four of the five seasons before Carter signed with the program as a member of 2010 recruiting class. Even though it hasn’t been the journey he anticipated, with 11 total victories in the last two seasons, the fifth-year senior came to TCU to win games like last Saturday’s victory over Oklahoma.

Five things TCU fans need to know about No. 5 Baylor | Dallas Morning News

The Horned Frogs are suddenly in the spotlight as they head to Waco for No. 9 TCU’s big showdown with No. 5 Baylor.

'Fun' new offense already helping with recruiting, Patterson says | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Many high schools currently run no-huddle styles, and Patterson switched to a similar style in part to keep things familiar for recruits.

TCU back in spotlight | Associated Press

Last week, Arizona, Mississippi, Mississippi State and TCU gave the AP Top 25 an extreme makeover with huge victories. This week, the Wildcats, Rebels, Bulldogs and Horned Frogs try to validate all that attention and prove they are more than October shooting stars.

TCU's Trevone Boykin returns to Baylor a changed quarterback | Associated Press

Trevone Boykin remembers that good feeling after his first victory as TCU's starting quarterback, and thinking then about the potential for the Horned Frogs.

Five things Baylor fans need to know about No. 9 TCU | Dallas Morning News

No. 5 Baylor faces its first true test of the season on Saturday against No. 9 TCU in a high-profile clashing of Big 12 titans.