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No. 2 TCU Heads to Minnesota for Season Opener |

Two days away, y'all.

TCU has its highest preseason ranking in school history. The previous best was No. 6 in 2010, when the Horned Frogs went 13-0 and won the Rose Bowl.

No. 1 pick Texas Christian is loaded on offense and has a chip on its shoulder | Los Angeles Times

The L.A. Times has TCU ranked No. 1 in their preseason poll.

Roll over Dutch Meyer, and tell Sammy Baugh the news.

Texas Christian is our preseason No. 1, and no, this is not a sympathy nod to last season's botched College Football Playoff rollout in which the Horned Frogs were demoted in the final ranking, from third to sixth, after a 55-3 win.

TCU-Minnesota Preview | FOX Sports

The Frogs look to get things started on the right foot.

TCU met Minnesota for the first time since 1974 and cruised to a 30-7 victory last Sept. 13. Boykin threw for 258 yards and two scores to Doctson and ran for 92 yards as the Horned Frogs led by 24 at halftime and 30 after three quarters.

College football odds, Week 1: TCU, Alabama, Ohio State betting favorites | SB Nation

TCU has seen their line vs. Minnesota shift slightly.

TCU opened as a 16-point road favorite against Minnesota, but the line has been bet down to -14.5 on the Horned Frogs despite TCU being 14-2 ATS over its last 16 games. Minnesota was a solid 8-5 SU and ATS last season, and will have upset on the mind at home this week.

Key Matchups vs. TCU | The Daily Gopher

IowaGopher breaks down the two key matchups for the game on Thursday. Did a lot of good work on this.

Since we've yet to see either team in action and both are dealing with personnel losses on different sides of the ball, it is hard to know exactly what to expect come September 3rd, so I spent some time looking back on last year's matchup in Fort Worth. The Gophers' defense, in hindsight, held up well against one of the most prolific offenses in the nation last season. The offense, on the other hand, was abysmal both on the ground and in the air, with 5 turnovers to boot. This coaching staff's philosophy emphasizes winning the field position battle, and the Gophers came up woefully short against the Horned Frogs last year in that regard. The Gopher defense was on its heels for much of the game, and it is a testament to their efforts that the final score was not worse.

Inside the TCU-Minnesota matchup | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Anthony Andro takes a breather from his Rangers duties to break down the TCU-Minnesota matchup.

Boykin passed for 300.1 yards per game last season, and 258 yards and two touchdowns against the Gophers. Minnesota returns a veteran secondary led by Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Eric Murray. Boddy-Calhoun had five interceptions as an all-Big 10 first-team pick. Murray was a second-team all-conference pick. Minnesota held opponents to 193.5 yards passing a game last season.

TCU prediction roundup: will Horned Frogs do enough to reach playoff? | Dallas Morning News

Only one of the polled experts is a believer.

With just a few days to go until TCU kicks off the college football season at Minnesota, let’s take a look around the nation and see what a few experts think of the Horned Frogs’ chances in 2015.

Big 12 rankings: Any surprise that TCU, Baylor lead the pack before the first week? | Houston Chronicle

The Houston Chronicle has TCU atop the Big 12 rankings to begin the season.

1. TCU (12-1 last season, first game Thursday @ Minnesota) – Something tells me that Gary Patterson’s fears about the tackling ability of his young defenders might be a little overstated. He might have said that just to get his team riled up for a visit to good friend Jerry Kill’s playground in the Great White North.

Former Frogs

Bryan Holaday auditioning for the backup catcher job in 2016 | Bless You Boys

The Former Frog and Dallas native has some work ahead of him.

Do the Tigers give Holaday the backup role again -- he was worth -0.2 WAR while performing those duties in 2014 -- or opt for a veteran counterpart for McCann? Depending on how much playing time he gets down the stretch, Holaday may be able to sway the verdict before the season is over.

Carpenter reaches 20 homers, scores a new ride | St. Louis Post Dispatch

Carp won a bet with Cardinals' pitcher Adam Wainwright, so Wainwright bought him a TCU purple gift.

With a leadoff home run Sunday, Carpenter reached 20 home runs in a season for the first time at any level in his career. He has one more homer this season than he hit in the previous two seasons combined. True to the bet, Wainwright said that he would buy Carpenter a golf cart, completely decked out with the colors of Carpenter’s alma mater.

WR Josh Boyce didn't seize opportunity with New England Patriots | ESPN

Boyce's time with New England has come to an end. Will he land somewhere else?

Third-year wide receiver Josh Boyce, a high fourth-round draft choice out of TCU whose solid testing skills in the pre-draft process never fully translated to on-field production, was one of five players waived by the New England Patriots on Monday.