Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
QB Casey Pachall will have a rude awakening in his return to TCU when they face off against mighty LSU.
LSU - 17
TCU - 14
After leaving the team to go to rehab last year, quarterback Casey Pachall is back and is hoping to lead the TCU Horned Frogs back to contention.
Well, he'll have a huge gut-check in Week 1 against the LSU Tigers.
This game, which will be broadcast nationally on ESPN, is one of the most highly anticipated Week 1 games in college football. It's two teams from two of football's best BCS conferences battling it out.
The Horned Frogs boast arguably the Big 12's best defense heading into 2013. That said, they'll be without star defensive lineman Devonte Fields in the game against LSU, as the team suspended Fields for a violation of team rules.
LSU also has a very good defense, which will make it tougher for Pachall to strut his usual stuff.
However, the Horned Frogs like to operate at a similar pace to that of the Tigers, which could make for an interesting game. If Pachall has a big game early and the defense finds a way to make up for the loss of Fields, it could be a huge upset in the making.
However, the Tigers will be simply too good, as they're used to playing high-profile teams early in the year. Look for Les Miles and LSU to walk away with a close win in Week 1.