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Sixth-Ranked TCU Set To Take On Oregon State

Sixth-ranked TCU will open their 2010 season tonight in Cowboys Stadium against the 24th-ranked Oregon State Beavers in what's dubbed as the Cowboys Classic. The No. 6 ranking that TCU holds is the highest preseason ranking in school history despite the Fiesta Bowl loss to Boise State last January.

Ben Findley over at Mountain West Connection has a preview of tonight's game up.

TCU Defensive X-Factor:
The Pass Rush.  Time to find out who much the Frogs are going to miss Jerry Hughes in 2010.  One of the defensive ends is going to have to step up.  My money is on big (6'6" 270) Braylon Broughton.

When TCU has the ball:
RUN.  THE.  BALL.  TCU's normally balanced offensive attack came unglued in the Fiesta Bowl as they abandoned the run almost immediately and put everything on Andy Dalton's freckled shoulders.  TCU has the hosses to run right over the Beavers but they aren't calling the plays.  If TCU can establish the run early this offense will be tough to stop as Andy Dalton begins to distribute the ball to his many offensive weapons.

TCU Offensive X-Factor:
Play-calling.  The Frogs need to run the ball even if it's not effective early-on, and then run it some more.

To read the full preview, head over to Mountain West Connection.

Coverage will begin at 6:45 P.M. CDT on ESPN and ESPN3.com.

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