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Pregame blog: Gophers vs. TCU

Greetings from TCF Bank Stadium, where the Gophers will open their season against No. 2 TCU at 8 p.m., on ESPN. Here’s a package of stories to get you ready for the game.

Be sure to check out the debut of Star Tribune Sports Live, with Michael Rand and Vineeta Sawkar. I'll be on at 6 p.m., and other guests include Beth Goetz, Don Lucia, Ron Johnson, Chip Scoggins and Jim Souhan.

I'll post any pregame updates (with the projected starters and injury news) here, so refresh this page as the clock winds down to kickoff. The Star Tribune Live Blog will also be flowing with updates from inside and outside the stadium.

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TCU sack leader not listed on depth chart for Gophers game

TCU returns 10 starters from last year's prolific offense, but there are questions on defense, where the Horned Frogs must replace six of their top seven tacklers from last year.

Now, TCU will be without two more defensive players for Thursday's opener against the Gophers, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

"You'll find out when we get to game time," TCU coach Gary Patterson is quoted as saying in this story by Carlos Mendez.

As Mendez notes, the depth chart TCU released "late Tuesday night did not have the names of defensive end James McFarland or cornerback DeShawn Raymond. McFarland led the team in sacks last year with seven and was the defensive MVP of the Peach Bowl. He played with a foot injury in the latter part of the year and missed some of spring training this year to have it treated."

Raymond is a four-star recruit who enrolled at TCU this January. Patterson did not give specifics on why the two defensive players wouldn't play.

Programming notes: Thursday will be another big day for Gophers coverage at StarTribune.com. I'll be hosting a live chat at noon, so stop on by with your college football questions. And at 6 p.m, Michael Rand and Vineeta Sawkar will host "Star Tribune Sports Live" from the university campus. Chip Scoggins, Jim Souhan, Don Lucia, Ron Johnson and I will be among the guests.

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Chicago White Sox at Twins

    12:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Vikings at Tennessee

    7pm on 100.3/1130

  • Gary at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • TCU at Gophers football

    8pm on ESPN, 107.9-FM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Indiana at Lynx

    7pm on 106.1-FM

  • Gary at Saints

    7:05pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Houston

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Twins at Houston

    6:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • New Jersey at Saints

    7:05pm on 105.1-FM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Twins at Houston

    1:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Minnesota United FC at Edmonton

    3pm

  • New Jersey at Saints

    5:05pm on 1220-AM

  • New York at Lynx

    6pm on FSN, 106.1-FM

  • New Jersey at Saints

    11:05am on 1220-AM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Twins at Kansas City

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Seattle at Lynx

    7pm on 106.1-FM

  • Twins at Kansas City

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Twins at Kansas City

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

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Today's Scoreboard

  • Chicago White Sox

    Minnesota

     

    - F

    6

    4

  • Atlanta

    Washington

    6:05 PM

  • Pittsburgh

    Milwaukee

    6:20 PM

  • Detroit

    Kansas City

    7:10 PM

    MLB

  • San Francisco

    Colorado

    7:40 PM

    MLB

  • LA Dodgers

    San Diego

    9:10 PM

  • Chicago

    New York

    6:00 PM

  • Tulsa

    Seattle

    9:00 PM

  • Washington

    Los Angeles

    9:30 PM

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