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The Bears have the league’s longest winning streak at seven games. That includes their final three conference games last season, a bowl victory over UCLA and the three lopsided wins to start this year. They seem better prepared for conference play than a year ago, when they lost their first four Big 12 games.

“There’s some validity to that, without question,” Briles said. “I think our mindset is certainly different than it was a year ago going into Big 12 play.”

TCU is in a 15-day gap between games following its 20-10 loss to Texas Tech in the Big 12 opener for both teams. The Horned Frogs opened their season with a 37-27 loss to sixth-ranked LSU.

“Everybody’s talking about us being 1-2,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “I don’t think there’s a situation where everybody should be panicking.”