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Monday Links O' War: July 27, 2015

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Fall camp is just days away away... here are your morning links for the last football free week of the year!

Football:

Why I'm picking Baylor over TCU - Dallas Morning News

"Even though the Horned Frogs are the preseason conference favorite, getting 32 first-place votes to the Bears’ 10, I’m picking Baylor. The Bears will have one of the most dominant D-lines in college football led by DT Andrew Billings and DL Shawn Oakman. The O-line should be very solid, where everyone is back. I expect Seth Russell, the new QB (who does have some experience playing a few games in 2014 while Bryce Petty was dealing with an ailing back), to have a huge year. Not only does he have the O-line, but there’s a lot of firepower to work with (RB Shock Linwood, WRs K.D. Cannon and Corey Coleman plus tight end Tre’Von Armstead just to call out a few). I get that the game against TCU is in Fort Worth this year (Nov. 27), but I’m going with the Bears to run the table in Big 12 this fall."

Bet on Boykin: TCU QB is a Heisman favorite - FoxSports

But what makes Boykin a good value is that the Frogs should be really good.They are ranked No. 3 to start the season and could easily be unbeaten heading into late November. The Horned Frogs finish with a road game at Oklahoma and a home game against Baylor.

Shoulder issue ends playing career of TCU safety Baltimore - NBC Sports

"Two weeks till fall camp and we want to show support to Joe Turner and north side high school football players," Baltimore’s social media post began. "Excited for them but also my teammates as they get ready to go get that natty this year. Done playing for TCU due to extensive shoulder surgeries but always family and still going to enjoy the ride."

Five things TCU needs to do to eclipse last season's success - Dallas Morning News

It’s a long season. Just showing up and staying healthy enough to compete is a tough enough task. Winning all 12 games and getting a shot at the national title is nearly impossible. The Frogs’ biggest games come at the end of the season when they play Oklahoma and Baylor in a six-day span, but there are more than a few places they could trip up along the way. Keeping a week-to-week mindset was something TCU players preached at Big 12 media day, and it will go a long way to mentally preparing this team for a championship run.

College Football trades we wish could be made - Bleacher Report

The Horned Frogs would make a move for Matakevich and his years of tackling prowess, making him a key figure in the heart of Gary Patterson's defense. In order to make this trade work, they offer the Owls a package of young, explosive receivers from their deep corps, as Temple lost its top two pass-catchers from a season ago.

Best college position groups - Sports On Earth

4. TCU. Trevone Boykin didn't develop into a star without help. Josh Doctson is an NFL talent at receiver, and he's joined by Kolby Listenbee and Deante' Gray. They all averaged over 15 yards per catch in what turned into an explosive offense last season.

Recruiting:

TCU lands commitment from Mansfield Summit DB - Dallas Morning News

At 6-foot-2, 193 pounds, Scott is ranked as the No. 114 safety in the country and No. 198 overall prospect in the state of Texas, according to 247Sports Composite.

Scott recorded 40 tackles and one interception and helped Mansfield Summit reach the area round of the 5A Division I state playoffs as a junior.

Baseball:

Royals ship Brandon Finnegan to Cincinnati - Royals Review

Brandon Finnegan was the Royals first-round pick in 2014 out of TCU. He enjoyed a meteoric rise to the big leagues, posting a 1.33 ERA in 27 minor league innings last season before being promoted to Kansas City in September. Finnegan would give up just one run in seven big league innings in relief, striking out ten, and was included in the Royals post-season roster. Finnegan pitched well in the post-season until Game 5 of the World Series, where he gave up five runs in an inning of work.