TCU and Arkansas had pretty unnerving Week 1 experiences.
The Horned Frogs dropped 59 points on FCS South Dakota State. Great! But they gave up 41. Less so! The Horned Frogs were never likely to lose, but they weren't any kind of sure thing for parts of the second half. The Razorbacks won 21-20 against Louisiana Tech, and that's not the most inspiring season-opening win a team can possibly get.
So, someone's going to look pretty weak after the two schools play on Saturday. One of them will be 1-1 with a near-loss against a non-power (or even FCS) opponent. On the other hand, the other will have an at least decent Power 5 win under its belt, set on course for a solid recovery after a Week 1 scare. So there's a pretty good bit on the line.
TCU is still navigating life without Trevone Boykin, but the Frogs' offense wasn't the problem against the Jackrabbits. Arkansas was altogether sluggish and could use a much more comprehensive performance. Someone's going to come out of this thing looking pretty good, and someone won't.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: ESPN, 7 p.m. ET. The broadcasters are Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline)
Online streaming: WatchESPN
Spread: TCU opened as a 6-point favorite
Three big things to know
1. Arkansas has been pretty good on the road. The Razorbacks went 3-1 in what you might call "true" road games last year, including wins against ranked Ole Miss and LSU. This has been a really up-and-down team, but there's reason to think it'll show up with some passion against the Frogs.
2. Brandon Allen's little brother gets start No. 2. Austin Allen, brother of former Razorbacks QB Brandon, was just so-so in his debut in the top job. He was 20 of 29 passing, matched his two touchdowns with two interceptions and didn't get to 200 yards. A sharper performance this week would benefit both Allen and his team.
3. Kenny Hill and TCU's offense try to keep rolling. The Frogs' defense is clearly another matter altogether, but Texas A&M transfer Hill was good (if inconsistent) in his first TCU appearance. He tossed two touchdowns and interceptions each, just like Allen, but he also threw for 439 yards. TCU is going to keep needing big numbers from him, it appears.