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Lots to talk about ahead of tomorrow’s rematch, 25 years in the making.

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Week two college football best picks: TCU will bounce back | Clinton Herald

At least one writer believes that week one was more of an aberration than a trend for the TCU defense.

This game will come down to TCU’s ability to stop the run and keep the Razorbacks from utilizing clock. Arkansas wasn’t very good last week running the ball and I don’t anticipate that will improve this week. The same can be said for TCU’s defense, but I expect better things to come in this primetime matchup.

Stop panicking about week 1 and believe in TCU | New York Post

I still am not used to see TCU being talked about by media outlets like the New York Post. Especially when it’s overwhelmingly positive.

Now, 2014’s former flavor of the month is back with TCU. Hill initially looked shaky with his new team last week, throwing consecutive interceptions against an FCS defense, but the junior transfer soon exploded for 439 yards passing and five total touchdowns in a 59-point showing.

Hill and the 13th-ranked Horned Frogs (-7½) looked past South Dakota State, but will be ready against an Arkansas team unable to keep up with their high-scoring attack.

Arkansas Razorbacks vs TCU Horned Frogs: Betting Odds, College Football Picks | Bleacher Report

We don’t encourage betting on sports, but... if you’re in to that kind of thing...

TCU is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 games at home.

Arkansas is 4-11 straight up in its last 15 games on the road.

Arkansas is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games against the Big 12.

Big 12 this week has two former SWC match-ups; TCU host Hogs | The Courier Online

This is an appealing match-up nationally, between two long-time foes that haven’t met in two and a half decades. It should be a fun one in the Fort.

Both are coming off tough opening wins: the Razorbacks got their winning touchdown with 6:37 left in a 21-20 win over Louisiana Tech, and TCU finally shook off FCS team South Dakota State in the second half. New TCU starting quarterback Kenny Hill beat Arkansas two years ago while a sophomore starter for Texas A&M. TCU faced Arkansas coach Bret Bielema when he was still at Wisconsin, beating the Badgers in the Rose Bowl to wrap their 2010 season with a 13-0 record.

TCU-Arkansas gives old school fans a taste of the Southwest Conference past | WFAA.com

Some good stuff here from John Denton, who was on the last TCU team to beat the Razorbacks.

And for a lot of that time, TCU wasn't a very good football team. Especially against Arkansas.

"To think that you could lose to somebody for 22 years in a row... and a lot of those years, it wasn't even close."

Denton, now part of the TCU broadcast team, was on the 1981 team that snapped that 22-game losing streak.

Reasons to Hate: TCU | Arkansas Fight

I mean, if this is the best you can do when it comes to manufacturing hate, we must be pretty awesome.

By leaving the Mountain West, that conference then had to pray on the WAC, who lost so many teams they are now defunct as a football conference. So TCU stole #WACtion from us. Now when I turn on NCAA 06 on my XBOX, because I want to play in the glory days of McFadden, Jones and Hillis, none of the teams and conferences make sense anymore.

TCU beat writer Carlos Mendez: Frogs should ‘reasonably expect’ to be a national contender | SEC Country

Fantastic Q&A with Carlos Mende of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which points out some reasons to be optimistic about the Frogs going forward.

Three of (TCU’s) best guys really didn’t practice a lot in fall camp. He’s talking about a linebacker, his leading tackler, Travin Howard. He’s talking about his cornerback, Ranthony Texada, and a safety, his best safety, Denzel Johnson. They all had things that kept them out of fall camp. In fact, Travin Howard had an emergency appendectomy the first day of camp, so he missed two weeks.

Three good signs from Kenny Hill’s TCU debut | ESPN

Lost in the wringing of hands Saturday was how great TCU mixed tempo against SDSU; the Frogs dominated TOP in the fourth quarter after averaging less than 17.5 seconds per play through the first three.

Bielema has said this week that he knows the key to slowing down TCU is controlling possession. The Frogs did a laudable job of that late in their first game to prevent the Jackrabbits from catching up: their offense stayed on the field for 11 minutes in the fourth quarter and slowed things down, running a total of 27 plays.

TCU cancels Homecoming parade | TCU 360

For the first time that I can remember, there won’t be a parade on the Friday night before the Homecoming game in a week, against Iowa State. The combination of Homecoming and Family Weekend, along with home soccer and volleyball games, mean the campus will be extra crowded all weekend.

TCU Director of Student Activities Kim Turner said there are too many “key scheduling conflicts” preventing the parade from happening.

“In light of numerous conflicts related to the parade time, TCU is taking a year off from the homecoming parade in 2016,” Turner said.