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.
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.