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Big 12 Sports

September 14, 2012

No. 16 TCU set to make Big 12 debut against Kansas



That’s certainly true.

The better question is whether TCU will be looking past Kansas.

“Let’s be practical. Let’s just sit there and reflect a second,” Kansas coach Charlie Weis said. “We just lost at home to Rice, I got that right? Blew the game in the fourth quarter, up by two scores. So their coaches are going to come in and say we’re much better than that.

“I’ve been there, trying to tell players the exact same thing,” Weis said. “No matter how much those coaches try telling them, we got by South Dakota State and we lost to Rice.”

Doesn’t exactly strike fear in to the hearts of a Big 12 newcomer.

Junior quarterback Casey Pachall, who is on watch lists for just about every national award, certainly isn’t intimidated by the Jayhawks. This is the same guy who threw for 251 yards and four touchdowns in a shootout loss to Robert Griffin III and Baylor to open last season.

In fact, that loss is one of just four over the past 20 games by TCU against teams from BCS conferences. The loss to the Bears ended a stretch of five straight victories.

“It’s just another opponent, just another team that’s going to be on the field, even though we’re excited that it’s going to be our first Big 12 game,” Pachall said. “Nothing’s going to change with our preparation or our focus or intensity whenever we step on the field.”

Pachall will be facing a Kansas defense that has struggled mightily the first two games of the season, though he’ll be hard-pressed to put up the same kind of numbers that he did in the Horned Frogs’ season opener: 9 of 9 for 201 yards and three touchdowns.

“They made their name on defense,” Weis said, “but they’ve got a couple of home run hitters.”

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