Cowboys Classic 2013: No. 12 LSU Tigers vs. No. 20 TCU Horned Frogs Game Preview

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Cowboys Classic 2013: No. 12 LSU Tigers vs. No. 20 TCU Horned Frogs Game Preview
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LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger and running back Jeremy Hill

The 2013 Cowboys Classic will provide plenty of entertainment on opening weekend for college football fans when the LSU Tigers and TCU Horned Frogs square off in Arlington, Texas.

The game kicks off at 9:00 p.m. ET and can be viewed on ESPN. 

LSU is coming off a relatively disappointing season during which it lost to Florida, Alabama and Clemson while barely sneaking by Texas A&M and South Carolina. Not that this is anything to be ashamed of, considering the overall strength of these teams, but fans and players were looking for more after an appearance in the national title game the year before. 

While the Tigers wave goodbye to a plethora of talent, including 11 early departures to the NFL and the entire starting defensive line, the Horned Frogs welcome back 16 starters after having one of the country's youngest rosters in 2012. 

TCU is definitely on the rise after a 7-6 season finish in 2012, and while LSU may not be where it was a couple of years ago, it is still one of the nation's powerhouses. Though these two teams both find their strength on the defensive side of the ball, they each boast underrated offenses and match up quite evenly. 

LSU enters the game ranked No. 12 with TCU at No. 20, so the Cowboys Classic is certain to be a great matchup. The Tigers and Horned Frogs each have a shot at pushing for a conference title, and potentially even a national championship, making this game huge for both sides.  

 

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