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Friday, August 2, 2013
Nonconference preview: TCU Horned Frogs

By David Ubben

Time to continue our team-by-team look at the Big 12's nonconference schedule.

Next up: TCU.

Versus LSU at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Aug. 31
Versus Southeastern Louisiana, Sept. 7
Versus SMU, Sept. 28
Chances of going 3-0: 34 percent

Wrapping up: TCU will have a lot of the Big 12's reputation hanging on its season opener against LSU, and the Battle for the Iron Skillet is always an emotional game, no matter how far the gap in talent is between the crosstown rivals. The Frogs have a schedule setup that most of the Big 12's best programs should follow, with a clear "A" game against a top-25 opponent, a "B" game against a good team and a "C" game -- an all-but-guaranteed victory. And SMU is actually a major-conference opponent now, too, because the Mustangs will begin playing in the American Athletic Conference this season. A 3-0 record in nonconference play would be enormous for the Frogs, but getting a victory against LSU in Week 1 is the toughest hurdle by far.