Let's start this week's column the right way - SWC matches first, everyone else later. If you missed our article on these SWC rematches, you can catch more interesting information on the teams, the schools and the history here: http://www.tshof.org/news/?article_id=613
SMU: Chad Morris has made it a point to start youth this year. So far three freshman wide receivers have combined to catch 22 of SMU's 33 receptions while also hauling in 245 of the Mustang's 337 total receiving yards.
TCU: The Horned Frogs currently lead the series with SMU 47-40-7 but none of these games have been more lopsided than TCU's 56-0 victory last year. In that game, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin scored six times, four passing and two rushing.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders will be making a trip to Arkansas this weekend to play the Razorbacks. Coach Kliff Kingsbury is 9-1 against non-conference opponents during his tenure. The only loss? To Arkansas in Lubbock last year.
Texas State: Dennis Franchione (Head Coach) and his son, Brad (Special Teams), are both members of the Texas State coaching staff. The pair have the distinction of being the only father and son head coaching duo to have had former players selected #1 and #2 in an NFL draft. In 2011, Brad saw Cam Newton go number one overall (Brad was Newton's head coach at Blinn College) while Dennis saw Von Miller go number two (Franchione was Miller's head coach at Texas A&M).
UNT: The Mean Green's Blake Bean currently has nine solo tackles. That's good enough for first in Conference USA and fourth nationally.
Texas A&M: Texas A&M goes into their contest against Nevada this weekend as heavy favorites. The Aggies lead the series 1-0 with the only meeting between the two schools occurring in San Antonio in 1950, a 48-18 TAMU victory. Now for the fast fact: Texas A&M currently has 22 players on their roster weighing 300 pounds or more, the most in school history. The heaviest on the team? Junior Germain Ifedi and true freshman Daylon Mack who both weigh in at 335.
UT: The Longhorns will face Cal this weekend. Cal has never beaten the Longhorns (5-0), however, this will be the first regular season meeting between the two schools since 1970.
Rice: While Rice has only won three of their last 10 Conference USA openers, the Owls handled UNT fairly easily last season. The Owls held the Mean Green to 33 yards rushing. Offensively, the Owls come into the game leading the nation in third down conversions at 69.4% (25 of 36).
UTEP: Visiting New Mexico State this weekend, UTEP will be opening the season with their third consecutive road game. The Miners are the only FBS team that will open the season with three straight road games. The last time UTEP opened with three away games? 1985 when the Miners fell to Air Force (48-6), #3 SMU (35-23) and Colorado State (41-24) in three straight road contests.
UTSA: The Roadrunners travel to Stillwater this weekend to face Oklahoma State. UTSA head coach Larry Coker has quite the list of Oklahoma ties. Coker was born in Okemah, Oklahoma before playing defensive back for Northeastern State (Tahlequah, Oklahoma). Coker would then coach for multiple Oklahoma high schools before taking offensive coordinator positions at Tulsa, Oklahoma State and OU. Coker is the only person ever who has been the OC at all three Oklahoma FBS programs. As the head coach at UTSA, Coker owns a 4-2 record against teams for the Sooner state.