College football odds: Southeastern Louisiana at TCU

After playing gamely against SEC powerhouse LSU, Texas Christian will try to avoid overlooking Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday in the Frogs’ home opener — bet on the game at WagerWeb.

TCU was beaten 37-27 by LSU. B.J. Catalon returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and scored on a 26-yard run for TCU, the two-time BCS buster now in its second Big 12 season. But the Frogs had only 259 total yards. Catalon added a team-best 52 yards rushing on eight carries.. Frogs QB Casey Pachall, who came in with a 15-2 career record as the starter, was the quarterback in his return after leaving the team for treatment in a substance abuse program four games into last season after a DUI arrest. Trevone Boykin lined up as a receiver the first two plays, but played much of the second half at quarterback, taking over after Pachall was picked off. Pachall was 9-of-16 passing for 75 yards and Boykin was 6 of 12 for 70 yards. Gary Patterson announced Monday that Pachall remains the team’s starting QB. Patterson said the team is going back to basics this week and will “play our offense,” which will include Boykin again working at wide receiver.

TCU was without reigning Big 12 defensive player of the year Devonte Fields, who was also in uniform without playing. He’s serving a two-game suspension for an unspecified violation of university and team policy during the offseason. The Horned Frogs are now 9-4 in season openers under Patterson. TCU entered the game having won nine of its last 10 season debuts.

Meanwhile, Bryan Bennett started his Southeastern Louisiana career off by rushing for three touchdowns and 106 yards in the Lions dominating 45-7 win over Southeast Missouri last week. Southeastern Louisiana’s offense dominated the game, rolling up 494 yards and scoring 31 unanswered points. Kody Sutton, Xavier Roberson and Rasheed Harrell all rushed for more than 50 yards. Sutton and Roberson each had touchdowns. Bennett, who transferred from Oregon, also threw for 169 yards. Bennett is the first Lion quarterback to top 100 yards rushing since Dean Waguespack tallied 122 yards versus Livingston on Oct. 15, 1977. Southeastern racked up 309 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns – both marking the highest single-game totals since the program returned in 2003.

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