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South Dakota State (8-4 last season) at No. 13 TCU (11-2), 8 p.m. (Fox Sports)

Line: No line.

Series record: First meeting.


TCU has won its last 14 home openers, the fifth-longest streak among FBS teams. The last time the Horned Frogs lost a home opener was in 2001, Gary Patterson’s first as their head coach, when they lost 27-24 to Northwestern State, another FCS team. While not to be confused with unprecedented five-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State, the Jackrabbits have been to the lower-division playoffs the last four seasons.


South Dakota State rushers vs. TCU defense. The Jackrabbits have three returning players — running backs Brady Mengarelli and Kyle Paris, and quarterback Taryn Christion — who each ran for at least 480 yards and five touchdowns last season. TCU’s defense returns seven defensive starters from last season, along with four others who had season-ending injuries last year.


South Dakota State: Senior WR Jake Wieneke set a Missouri Valley Conference record last season with 1,472 yards receiving. He also had 11 TD catches.

TCU: Defensive ends Josh Carraway and James McFarland. Carraway had a team-leading nine sacks last season when right end McFarland missed the entire season because of a broken toe after leading the team with seven sacks in 2014. Now they will both be on the field together, coming from opposite sides.


South Dakota State coach John Stiegelmeier is going into his 20th season with the Jackrabbits. … TCU’s new starting QB Kenny Hill, the former Texas A&M transfer, threw for an Aggies-record 511 yards with three touchdowns in his starting debut for A&M in a lopsided season-opening win at South Carolina two years ago. He eventually lost the start job that season. … TCU has a 13-game home winning streak, more than double the next-closest in the Big 12 (Oklahoma’s six in a row).


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