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No. 3 TCU faces Texas Tech in each team's Big 12 opener | USA Today

The Frogs can get to 4-0 with a win over Tech.

TCU coach Gary Patterson knows this isn't the same team the Horned Frogs (3-0) beat 82-27 at home last season — when Trevone Boykin threw a TCU-record seven touchdowns in the first three quarters.

Fossil Ridge-built: Unexpected starters Curry, Wilson making prep roots look good at TCU | Fort Worth Star Telegram

They've been solid "next men up" so far.

Between them, they didn’t play a college snap last year. But the changes stuck — before they knew it, Wilson and Curry were more than simply products of the same high school, Keller Fossil Ridge, but major players in a reshaped defense for the defending Big 12 co-champions.

National writer: 'I wouldn't be surprised' to see Texas Tech knock off TCU | Dallas Morning News

Ohhhhhhh Bruce.

Although there was no score prediction, Feldman concludes his review of Saturday's matchup by claiming he would not be surprised to see an upset at Jones AT&T Stadium.

No. 3 TCU limps into Lubbock to face improved Tech | ESPN

Jake Trotter and Brandon Chatmon break down how each team can take care of business.

How TCU can control the game: Take care of the ball. Texas Tech is going to try to force the issue by going for turnovers. If Trevone Boykin and Co. can take care of the ball, they should put up plenty of points against a Tech defense that, though improved, still is nowhere near dominant. With all of TCU's defensive injuries, this game could quickly morph into a shootout. It's critical that the Horned Frogs don't give Tech any short fields or set the Red Raiders up for any scoring barrages. -- Jake Trotter

Heisman hopeful Trevone Boykin needs to be on his game to stave off Texas Tech upset | Dallas Morning News

There's a lot on the line tomorrow.

For TCU, it's about proving that it is still a college football playoff contender despite all of the loss to its personnel. Gone is Mike Freeze after taking a leave of absence. Kenny Iloka and Sammy Douglas are both gone due to season-ending injuries, as well as cornerback Ranthony Texada. Davion Pierson has yet to play a game this season and Mike Tuaua has also been suspended. Talk about early-season adversity. Throw in a road game against Texas Tech's high-powered offense led by Patrick Mahomes and it's by far the toughest game of TCU's early schedule.