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Frogs young defensive line vs. Grambling’s rushing game. TCU has three new starters on the defensive line, including a redshirt freshman tackle and a freshman at end opposite returning starter Stansly Maponga, whose 25 career starts are the most on TCU’s roster. They could have an early test after the Tigers, hurt by two fumbled punts, piled up 356 yards rushing in their season opener against SWAC rival Alcorn State.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Grambling St: Freshman Jeremy Runner is listed as a receiver, but ran for 166 yards on 13 carries in the Tigers’ season-opening loss to Alcorn State.

TCU: WR Josh Boyce, who had 61 catches for 998 yards and nine TDs last season, just missing school records in all three categories. Boyce goes into his senior season with 15 career receiving TDs, two shy of matching that record.

FACTS & FIGURES

Over the past 10 seasons, the Frogs played their first game on the road eight times. They averaged 11 victories in those seasons. The two years they started at home, they won five games in 2004 and eight in 2007. … TCU has won 10 consecutive home openers. … Since 1996, Grambling has played only one game against a Top 25 team, losing 56-6 at Oklahoma State three years ago. … Former Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams is in his second season of his second stint as coach at Grambling, his alma mater. His first was from 1998-2003, when he succeeded coach Eddie Robinson, the winningest Division I coach with 408 victories.

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Miami (1-0) at No. 21 Kansas State (1-0), noon (FX)

Line: Kansas State by 7.

Series Record: Kansas State leads 1-0.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Kansas State will be trying to make it two straight against the Hurricanes after a goal-line stand and video review gave the Wildcats a 28-24 victory last season in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami is trying to show progress under coach Al Golden after going 6-6 last season.

KEY MATCHUP

Miami’s running backs against the Kansas State defense. Freshman Duke Johnson ran for 135 yards in his `Canes debut, a 41-32 victory over Boston College. Mike James added 54 yards rushing. They’ll try to take advantage of the Wildcats’ unsettle defensive front.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

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