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BYU game day

Today, 1 p.m.

LaVell Edwards Stadium

TV: Ch. 14 Radio: 1160AM

Last week: TCU defeated Utah 23-20 in overtime in Forth Worth; BYU had a bye week after defeating Eastern Illinois 45-10 on Sept. 10.

Trends to watch: John Beck's streak of 185 passes without an interception begins anew after he got picked by Eastern Illinois. Beck's three touchdown passes that day were his first of the season after BYU failed to score a touchdown in the season-opener with Boston College. TCU receiver Cory Rodgers is close to becoming the school's all-time leader in kickoff returns (needs one attempt), kickoff yards (needs 78 yards), and all-time kickoff and punt return yards (needs 93 combined yards).

Players to watch: TCU's Aaron Brown, a freshman, was sensational against Utah, and running mate Robert Merrill has three touchdowns on the year. QB Tye Gunn is a winner, albeit an average passer. Safety Jeremy Modkins is the top tackler. BYU's Beck, along with Todd Watkins, will need to exploit the Frog man coverage and look for inside receiver Nate Meikle and tight ends Jonny Harline and Daniel Coats to work on TCU's defense.

TCU will win if . . . The Frog defense gets more than four turnovers from the Cougar offense and the TCU speed gets loose around the edges on runs or on big pass plays.

BYU will win if . . . The Cougars produce touchdowns after ball-control drives that keep TCU's offense on the sidelines. BYU must protect the ball, convert third downs and cut down on penalties.

Extra points: The Cougars go on the road the next two weeks to San Diego State and New Mexico . . . The Frogs have the league's top defense, giving up only 271 yards a game through three outings . . . The Cougars are rated second in scoring defense (17.0 ppg) and first in rush defense . . . TCU and BYU have played four times with the Cougars holding a 3-1 advantage . . . Frog coach Gary Patterson has opened each of his five seasons with at least 2-1 records.