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TEXAS CHRISTIAN: Like Utah, the Horned Frogs had been BCS busters before leaving the Mountain West Conference for the riches of the Big 12. TCU had won 24 straight conference games, 50 of 55 overall and the Rose Bowl to cap a perfect season two years ago. The Horned Frogs extended the conference winning streak in the Big 12 by beating Kansas, but lost to Iowa State two games later. TCU is already bowl eligible, but after a 23-10 loss to Kansas State last weekend, it has four losses, all in conference. The Horned Frogs (6-4, 3-4 Big 12) still have Texas and Oklahoma left, a tough finish to the schedule that could leave them under .500 in conference for the first time since going 3-5 in Conference-USA in 2004.
COLORADO: The Buffaloes had a tough road through the Pac-12 the first go-round, winning two conference games and three overall last season. Colorado did end a 23-game road losing streak -- against Utah, of course -- and beat rival Colorado State in nonconference, so there was something positive. There hasn't been much good in Jon Embree's third season as coach. One of the nation's youngest teams, the Buffs lost to Colorado State and FCS school Sacramento State in nonconference play and have mostly been on the wrong side of routs in the Pac-12, including last weekend's 56-31 beatdown at Arizona. Colorado is 1-9 overall, 1-6 in conference and its only win was against Washington State, which is 0-7 in the Pac-12.
TEXAS A&M: The Aggies and the quarterback they call Johnny Football shook up the nation, not to mention the SEC, when they knocked off top-ranked Alabama last weekend. Before that, though, Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M had a rough start in their first season in the power conference, losing two of their first four SEC games. Those were against Florida and LSU, a big reason the Aggies (8-2, 4-2 SEC) moved up to No. 9 in the Top 25 after beating the Crimson Tide. Hard to knock a team that beat the No. 1 team in the nation and could play for the conference championship, but it hasn't always been easy in the SEC for A&M.
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