The battle between the SEC and the Big 12 for dominance is just getting started and if the Big 12 ever wants to make a claim to power, they need to start winning more game against their rivals to the east. That won’t be easy this weekend, as Bleacher Report reported on Aug. 30 that the LSU Tigers have won all 31 of their non-conference games since hiring Les Miles to be their head coach.
Entering the game, LSU is the 12th ranked team in the nation while their Big 12 opponents, the TCU Horned Frogs, are ranked 20th. The point spread for this big game is a tight four points, in favor of LSU.
Here is one reason that TCU has to remain optimistic. The LSU Tigers lost 11 starters to the NFL this past NFL Draft. The bread and butter for the LSU football team is their defense, and they lost a school record eight players on defense to the NFL. Their defensive line has four brand new starters who will try to stop the TCU attack.
The LSU offense looks better, with most of its skill players returning, but that isn’t as great as expected because they ranked as one of the worst passing teams in the nation in 2012 and have a brand new offensive coordinator aboard this season in Cam Cameron.
TCU, who had won consistently for years before joining the Big 12 in 2012, finished their first season in a BCS league with a disappointing 7-6 record, their lowest in eight years. That was learning pains, and it is now time to prove they belong with the big boys. That could start if they somehow pull off an upset of LSU, giving the Big 12 an early win over the SEC in 2013.
Casey Pachall returns as the TCU Horned Frogs quarterback. He has a 15-2 record as the starter, but missed most of 2012 after he checked into rehab after a drinking and driving arrest. Fans have to hope that he will bring back the winning ways to TCU as they start their second year in the Big 12.
The good money goes on LSU picking up the win as they attempt to prove that they still deserve to be spoken of in the same breath as Alabama and Texas A&M in their own division.
The LSU Tigers vs. TCU Horned Frogs game kicks off at 9 p.m. EST.