Kickoff 6 P.M. Television: None
Radio: TCU/ISP Sports Network--103.3-FM ESPN; 88.7-FM KTCU
Stephen F. Austin Coach: J.C. Harper (1-11 career record at SFA)
Last Week: Beat NAIA Langston 56-16 ending an eleven game losing streak
SFA Returnees: SFA only returns 35 letterwinners from the 2007 season and has one of the youngest teams in college football.
Ten Best SFA Players:
1.) DE, Tim Knicky, Sr.
2.) QB, Jeremy Moses, So.
3.) DB, Chad Haynes, So.
4.) WR, Dominique Edison, Sr.
5.) WR, Contrevi Parks, Jr.
6.) WR, Tyrell Williams, Sr.
7.) LB, Brandon Brown, Fr.
8.) DB, Corey Barlow, Jr.
9.) RB, Cornel Tarrant, So.
10.) WR, Aaron Rhea, Jr.
Going Back In History: TCU's only loss in a home opener under Coach Patterson came in his first home debut (2001), TCU dropped a 27-24 overtime decision to Northwestern State.
Battle Of The Sophomore QBs: This game will feature two sophomore quarterbacks who broke passing records when they were freshman.
Andy Dalton-TCU: Andy Dalton threw for nearly 2500 yards while adding 10 touchdowns last season as an Honorable-Mention Freshman All-American. The quarterback set a TCU single-season record for completions and attempts while placing second in passing yards.
Last Week:Had 120 yards passing and two rushing touchdowns against New Mexico.
Jeremy Moses-SFA: Jeremy Moses sets single game passing records for SFA in his short stint as the Lumberjacks quarterback last year. The freshman threw for a little over 1200 yards and six touchdowns.
Last Week:Passed for 280 yards and had an amazing six touchdown passes against NAIA Langston.
Battle Of David vs. Goliath
TCU's Offensive Line: Averages 6-4, 301 pounds
SFA's Offensive Line: Averages 6-4, 289 pounds
TCU's Defensive Line: Averages 6-2, 269 pounds
SFA's Defensive Line: Averages 6-3, 254 pounds
Keys To The Game For TCU:
1.) Pound the ball up the middle and keep SFA's Texas Tech like offense off of the field. Coach Patterson was quoted earlier in the week to say, "They can't throw it if we have the football," Patterson said. "They're not going to quit attacking. If you've ever played any Texas Tech-type offense, they're going to come at you for 60 minutes no matter if they're ahead 50 points or behind 50 points. They are going to keep doing what they do."
2.) Nick Sanders and Rafael Priest need to be ready. SFA threw 49 passes completing close to 60 percent in their first week. Sanders and Priest are three-year starters and need to shut down SFA's top receivers.
3.) TCU needs to forget about the home crowd. It's always nice to play at home for the first time in a season, but the home crowd can also bring distractions. Players will more then likely be playing in front of parents, friends, and girlfriends for the first time. "I worry about the first time they get back into the stadium. We haven't necessarily played our best games the first time back in the stadium," stated Coach Patterson.
At Stake For TCU: SFA has nothing to play for and no expectations. The Lumberjacks will show it early in the ball game. TCU on the other hand cannot join the recent ranks of San Diego St, Iowa St, and Michigan to lose to a FCS school. If the Frogs want to be taken seriously and play in a better bowl game this season, they need to have a convincing win.
What Will Happen: SFA might score a touchdown early, but will find it much harder to score on TCU's first-team defense compared to NAIA Langston's. The Frogs offense will have no problems moving ball with Christian and Turner splitting carries until it's out of hand. This will be a game where Frogs fans are introduced to the second and third team guys.
BigPurpleNation.com Prediction: TCU- 45 SFA- 17