Big 12 Power Rankings: Upsets, Quarterbacks Shake Up The Rankings

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Aug 31, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Casey Pachall (4) throws a pass while rushed by LSU Tigers defensive end Jordan Allen (98) in the game at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

4. TCU Horned Frogs

Record: 0-1

Previous Rank: 5 (Trend: up)

Last Week: Lost to LSU, 37-27

This Week: vs. Southeast Louisiana

Next Week: at Texas Tech

There were more good things to take from the LSU loss than bad.

LSU is a really good team that is underrated in the polls. LSU’s problem is they are potentially the sixth best national title contender team in their own conference. If LSU was in almost any other conference they would probably be mentioned frequently with Alabama and Oregon as a national title front-runner.

All of that is to say TCU played a really good team and stayed with them for three and a half quarters. You could also say that between the two turnovers and nine penalties the Horned Frogs beat themselves.

The key moving forward is for Casey Pachall to respond well to his poor first half performance and subsequent second half benching. Gary Patterson has already stated Pachall will be the starting quarterback this week against SE Louisiana, but the seed of doubt has already been planted in the minds of Pachall, Trevone Boykin, and TCU fans. A quick turnaround is what Pachall and TCU needs if they want to win the Big 12.