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Sarah Glenn/Getty ImagesCasey Pachall will try to replicate his success from 2011 and lead TCU to another 10-win season.
In preparation for the 2013 season, ESPN Stats & Info will take a deeper look at the top quarterbacks entering the fall. Thursday we take a look at TCU’s Casey Pachall.
A Look Back at 2011 & 2012
Casey Pachall begins the 2013 season somewhat off the radar after missing the final nine games of last year, but over the last two seasons he has been one of the top quarterbacks in the nation when he’s played.
Pachall has completed 66 percent of his passes with 36 touchdowns and eight interceptions in his career, and his opponent-adjusted Total QBR -- a metric that ESPN will unveil this fall -- ranks among the top 15 percent of all qualified quarterbacks since 2004.
More importantly, Pachall has a 15-2 record as a starter and TCU’s average margin of victory in those games is 20.6 points.
Before a trip to rehab ended his 2012 season in October, Pachall was leading the nation in pass efficiency and had the Horned Frogs unbeaten at 4-0 and, perhaps, on their way to a fifth-straight 10-win season.
During those four games, Pachall proved that he can throw downfield effectively. He completed two-thirds of his passes thrown at least 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage last season, which led all quarterbacks from BCS-AQ schools with at least 50 attempts.
What’s Ahead for 2013?
The first step for Pachall is to win the starting job from sophomore Trevone Boykin, who is listed as a co-starter on the end of spring depth chart.
Most believe Pachall will be named the starter in August, which leads to his next challenge, re-establishing a connection with his receivers.
TCU lost its leading receiver, Josh Boyce, to the NFL but returns its No. 2 receiver, Brandon Carter. Over the last two seasons, Pachall has completed 70 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and no interceptions when targeting Carter.
Another question mark for Pachall heading into the 2013 season is whether he can handle the tougher competition in the Big 12, as he played in only one conference game last season.
The Big 12 is not known for its defensive prowess, but TCU struggled offensively in its first year in the conference, primarily with Boykin under center.
Obviously, a large portion of TCU’s struggles were a result of injuries and suspensions, but Pachall, who has faced just three BCS-AQ opponents in his career, must be the catalyst for TCU to step up to the level of improved competition.
If Pachall can re-establish his touch and quickly adapt to the pace of play in the Big 12, there is no reason he can't replicate his 2011 success and lead the Horned Frogs to their ninth 10-win season under head coach Gary Patterson.
The teams were originally scheduled to play Saturday, Sept. 14. The game will be broadcast to a national audience on a Fox Sports or ESPN platform. The last time the Red Raiders played a Thursday night game was in 1994 when top-ranked Nebraska delivered a 42-16 beating at Jones AT&T Stadium.
On Wednesday, ESPN and the Big East announced that Tech’s season opener at SMU would be moved to Friday, Aug. 30, in order to accommodate a national broadcast.
Texas also has two Thursday games this season -- at Iowa State on Oct. 3 and hosting Tech on Thanksgiving. Baylor also scheduled a Thursday game as the Bears will host Oklahoma on Nov. 7.
Texas Tech's complete schedule:
Fri., Aug. 30 at SMU
Sat., Sept. 7 vs. Stephen F. Austin
Thu., Sept. 12 vs. TCU*
Sat., Sept. 21 vs. Texas State
Sat., Sept. 28 BYE
Sat., Oct. 5 at Kansas*
Sat., Oct. 12 vs. Iowa State*
Sat., Oct. 19 at West Virginia*
Sat., Oct. 26 at Oklahoma*
Sat., Nov. 2 vs. Oklahoma State*
Sat., Nov. 9 vs. Kansas State*
Sat., Nov. 16 vs. Baylor*
Sat., Nov. 23 BYE
Thu., Nov. 28 at Texas*
*Big 12 Conference game
The game will mark Kliff Kingsbury's debut with the Red Raiders. SMU and Tech last played Sept. 5, 2010 at Jones AT&T Stadium, with Tech winning 35-27.
SMU's complete schedule:
Fri., Aug. 30 vs. Texas Tech (7 p.m., ESPN)
Sat., Sept. 7 vs. Montana State
Sat., Sept. 21 at Texas A&M
Sat, Sept. 28 at TCU
Sat., Oct. 5 Rutgers*
Sat., Oct. 19 at Memphis*
Sat., Oct. 26 Temple*
Sat., Nov. 9 at Cincinnati*
Sat., Nov. 16 Connecticut*
Sat., Nov. 23 at USF*
Fri., Nov. 29 at Houston* (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)
Sat., Dec. 7 UCF* (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)
Needs filled: The Aggies reeled in a couple of highly-rated receivers for Johnny Football to throw to, and that was especially important with three senior starters departing and freshman Thomas Johnson unlikely to return. This class includes six new receivers, including ESPN 150 prospects Ricky Seals-Jones, Sebastian LaRue and LaQuvionte Gonzalez. The Aggies also picked up four defensive tackles, including ESPN 150 prospect Justin Manning.
Holes remaining: Getting defensive end Daeshon Hall to flip from Washington on signing day was big for the Aggies, and they would have liked to have had one more pass-rusher with Damontre Moore leaving early for the NFL draft. But defensive end Torrodney Prevot signed with Oregon after giving a hard look to Texas A&M.
Running back Traylon Shead, quarterback Kolney Cassel, tight end Jeremiah Gaines and defensive end Zelt Minor are among the highest-rated recruits by Rivals.com
SMU also added three players with NFL bloodlines, including the son of former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders, Deion Sanders Jr., as well as Spencer Hollie (Doug Hollie) and Jesse Montgomery (Alton Montgomery).
"We think as coaches this is our best-looking class physically, along with our best athletically at all positions, since coming to SMU," coach June Jones said through a release from SMU. "With our move to the Big East, we will be playing a step up in talent and I feel this group will be able to compete as we make our move to our new home. This class will allow us to play the game at the highest level possible."
State District Judge William Sowder told the school and Leach's attorney Monday that Texas Tech didn't violate the coach's due process rights when he was fired in December 2009.
Texas Tech spokesman Chris Cook says the school is pleased with the decision. Leach's attorney Ted Liggett tells the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that Leach is considering options that could include an appeal.
Leach sued a month after he was fired for alleged mistreatment of a player suffering from a concussion. He denied the accusation and is now coaching at Washington State.
A slow finish to Saturday evening's semifinal game against Eastern Washington almost derailed the Bearkats' unlikely dream run.
Quarterback Brian Bell ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and Sam Houston State raced to a 35-0 halftime lead but barely held on to beat the second-seeded Eagles 45-42.
The Bearkats (11-3) face top-seeded and defending champion North Dakota State, which won last year's matchup 17-16 on Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas.
"When we were 1-2 at the beginning of the season I don't think there were very many people that thought we were going to get back," a relieved Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz said.
The win over Eastern Washington (11-3) was the Bearkats' third straight over a Big Sky Conference team in the playoffs this year and fifth straight in the past two years.
David Ablauf, associate director of media and public relations for Michigan, says there were a number of reasons for last year’s increase. Having one additional home game accounted for about $6 million in additional revenue. Also, ticket packs were sold for the first time, and Michigan had its first night game at Michigan Stadium. During that game, the team wore throwback uniforms, which, combined with the unique bowl uniforms they wore in the Sugar Bowl, resulted in higher licensing royalties when fans purchased the new looks.
Perhaps most glaringly absent from the top 10 most profitable programs is Penn State, which held the second spot just a year ago and third the previous year. After a tumultuous year off the field, Penn State fell to 11th place with $66.2 million in revenue, a $6.5 million reduction. However, it’s important to note that Penn State hosted an additional home game in 2010. Based on data provided to the NCAA, Penn State averaged $4.5 million in ticket revenue per home game in 2010, which could explain a large portion of the revenue decrease last year.
Even with the reduction, Penn State posted the eighth-highest revenue for football last year.
Revenue among FBS football programs ranged from a high of $103.8 million at Texas to a low of $3.6 million at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The average FBS football program brought in $25 million, with a median of $19.9 million.
It should come as no surprise that the top revenue producers also led the FBS in average attendance in 2011. The top 10 programs in attendance also fell within the top 25 in revenue.
The largest revenue producer in a non-automatic BCS-qualifying conference was TCU, which joined an automatic-qualifying conference this season. Independents Notre Dame and BYU both finished above the median, No. 7 and No. 52.
Texas didn’t top every list. The highest expenses for a football program went to the University of Alabama, which has the nation’s highest-paid head coach, Nick Saban. For the 2011-12 season, Saban took home a $4.8 million paycheck. Total expenses for the football program ran to $36.9 million.
Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Oklahoma State rounded out the top five in terms of expenditures on football. The FBS average was $14.6 million, with a median of $14 million. TCU was again the highest-ranked program from a non-automatic qualifying conference, coming in sixth.
Every football team that played in a BCS bowl for the 2011-12 season fell within the top half of all FBS programs for football expenditures. Six of the 10 fell within the top 20.
The so-called Champions Bowl will essentially just be the new Sugar Bowl and be played in the Superdome in New Orleans, La, sources told ESPN.com.
From our news story:
New Orleans was chosen over the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas. Two weeks ago, SEC commissioner Mike Slive told ESPN.com those cities were the two finalists.
Sources said one of the factors why the Sugar Bowl was selected was the SEC's long history in New Orleans. An SEC team played in the inaugural Sugar Bowl in 1935 and SEC teams have been a staple with the bowl game since.
Besides New Orleans and Arlington, the other cities submitting bids for the Champions game were Atlanta, Houston and San Antonio.
The game will take the name of the Sugar Bowl as the Champions Bowl name was a temporary placeholder.
Money is money, and the SEC and Big 12 will share and $80 million payout for the game, the same amount the Pac-12 and Big Ten get for the Rose Bowl.
Still, I'm sure Big 12 coaches are really fired up about having to play SEC teams down on the Bayou.
See more about the game in our news story.
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