ABOUT THE GAME
No. 13 TCU opens its 2016 campaign with a 7 p.m. home game versus South Dakota State.
TCU is ranked in the preseason for the ninth time in the last 11 years. This year's No. 13 spot marks the third-highest preseason ranking under head coach Gary Patterson, behind only 2015 (No. 2) and 2010 (No. 6). The Horned Frogs went a combined 24-2 in those two seasons.
The Horned Frogs return 13 starters (seven defensive, six offensive) from last season. That total doesn't include six starters (four defensive, two offensive) who were sidelined for the year due to injury.
The Horned Frogs have the Big 12's best overall record (23-3) and conference mark (15-3) over the last two seasons.
TCU and South Dakota State are meeting for the first time in their histories.
TCU is opening at home for just the fifth time in Gary Patterson's 16 seasons as head coach. During that stretch, the Horned Frogs will have had nine road games, five home dates and two neutral-site contests (Arlington, Texas).
TCU is 11-4 in season debuts under Patterson and 71-39-9 overall in openers.
The Horned Frogs have won their last two season openers and 11 of the past 13, including victories over No. 5 Oklahoma in 2005 and No. 22 Oregon State in 2010.
The Horned Frogs have won their last 14 home openers for the nation's fifth-longest active streak, trailing only Florida (27), Illinois (19), Arizona State (17) and Arizona (16).
TCU's 14 straight victories in home openers are under head coach Gary Patterson. In 11 of those wins, the Horned Frogs allowed 17 points or less.
TCU is 14-1 overall in home openers under Patterson.
HOME SWEET HOME
In 15 seasons under head coach Gary Patterson, TCU is 74-14 at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
The Horned Frogs have a 13-game home winning streak, trailing only Florida State (21) and Clemson (16) for the longest among Power 5 programs. TCU's 13 straight home wins more than double the next-closest Big 12 member (Oklahoma, 6).
TCU sold out of football season tickets for the fourth time in the last five seasons. This year's total is 34,000.
The Horned Frogs have 24 sellouts in their last 33 home dates.
Six Horned Frogs will take the field this season as graduate students.
Defensive end Josh Carraway, offensive tackle Aviante Collins and wide receiver Deante' Gray have their TCU degree in hand.
The Horned Frogs also have a trio of graduate transfers in wide receiver John Diarse (LSU), running back Derrick Green (Michigan) and tight end Cole Hunt (Rice). Diarse and Hunt have two seasons of eligibility with the Horned Frogs.
Hunt is the younger brother of former TCU All-Big 12 center and current Seattle Seahawk Joey Hunt.
TCU is picked to finish second in the Big 12.
The Horned Frogs have finished in the top 10 in back-to-back seasons and five times in the last eight years. In 15 seasons under head coach Gary Patterson, TCU has posted six top-10 finishes and 10 in the top 25.
Patterson leads all Big 12 coaches in career winning percentage (.632, 43-25) in one-score games.
TCU has reached the 11-win mark eight times in the last 11 seasons.
The Horned Frogs have just eight scholarship seniors on this year's team.
TCU was second in the nation last season with 30 freshmen (15 true, 15 redshirt) seeing action.
TCU had 20 starters sidelined in 2015 for a total of 110 games missed.
TCU has at least one sack in a school-record 30 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in the nation (Ohio State, 35).
Defensive ends Josh Carraway and James McFarland as well as wide receiver KaVontae Turpin, at return specialist, were Preseason All-Big 12.