Virginia-TCU Preview Capsule
Virginia (2-1) at No. 17 TCU (2-0), noon (ESPN)
Line: TCU by 17 1/2.
Series record: Tied 1-1
WHAT'S AT STAKE
TCU has the nation's longest winning streak at 10 games, and hasn't given up a touchdown in its two games this season. The Frogs are playing their earliest-starting home game since 2000, which was running back LaDainian Tomlinson's senior season. Virginia, coming off a 56-20 loss at Georgia Tech, plays a game in Texas for the first time since 1995.
TCU running back Matthew Tucker vs. Virginia's defense. While the Horned Frogs have the nation's most efficient passing game, their top running back duo got trimmed to one this week because of a season-ending left knee injury to Waymon James (averaging 9.9 yards on his 17 carries this season). Tucker has 27 career touchdowns, and like James had more than 700 yards last season. Virginia allowed 461 yards rushing last week to triple-option Georgia Tech.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Virginia: LB Steve Greer has 24 tackles, with 3 1/2 tackles for losses. Set a career high with 15 tackles in a win against Penn State, when he also had two sacks.
TCU: Casey Pachall leads the nation in passing efficiency with a 242.2 rating, completing 33 of 39 passes for 536 yards with five touchdown and no interceptions. He set a TCU record last week with 16 consecutive completions. WRs Josh Boyce and Brandon Carter each have nine receptions, and have accounted for five TDs.
FACTS & FIGURES
TCU has won 27 of its last 28 home games, and won the last 17 by an average margin of 36 points. ... The Frogs are playing an ACC opponent for only the third time since 1997. The others were in the first three weeks of the 2009 season, when they won at Virginia and Clemson. ... Ausar Walcott made his first career start at defensive end last week for Virginia. He moved from safety to outside linebacker in 2010, then moved to defensive end last spring. ... Virginia has only two players on its roster from Texas, sophomore FB Zachary Swanson and freshman CB Kelvin Rainey.