When it comes down to it, I consistently think TCU should win this game based on a simplistic two part question. Allow me to step into my John Madden character for a moment...
Part 1: Will Minnesota's defense prevent TCU from scoring five touchdowns? No.
Part 2: Will Minnesota's run-based offense (which is designed to slow the clock) score 36 points on TCU? No.
If TCU's going to score 35, and Minnesota isn't, I don't see how Minnesota wins. After all, the game of football is about scoring more points than your opponent. I see no reason that TCU shouldn't win by a score of about 35-10.
I think TCU wins this one comfortably, but it won't be the blowout we saw last year. Minnesota has four upperclassmen in the secondary and a solid defensive front. They're also playing on their home turf. However, this offense is capable of getting around that, and honestly, I don't think the Gopher's offense can out score TCU.
Minnesota stays close, but TCU eventually pulls away. Frogs win 31-14.
TCU’s offense doesn’t skip a beat and scores 41 points. The game is close at halftime as TCU leads 24-17 but the Frogs pull away late in the 3rd quarter and start the season with a big win on the road. Trevone Boykin throws for 3 touchdowns and rushes for another.
Final Score prediction: 41-20
TCU left the state twice last season and won both games by a combined 5 points. Minnesota really didn't know what to expect with TCU last season, this season they do and are at home in their biggest home game in a long time. No doubt, the crowd will be jacked. A close game but TCU pulls away late and wins, 42-24.