"I'm not sure you'll notice much difference," Mendenhall said. "They look very good."
TCU pitched a 69-0 shutout last week against New Mexico and allowed just 21 yards passing. Defensive end Stansly Maponga, who has recorded a team-high five sacks, gives the Frogs a consistent pass rush. TCU's defense has held the last two opponents, the Lobos and San Diego State, to less than 100 yards on the ground.
"They're not the same guys on defense (as last year) but they have some of the same pieces, like (All-American linebacker) Tank Carder," said BYU quarterback Riley Nelson. "They're very talented and they recruit well. I imagine they're going to be pretty much on the same level as they have in years past."
Rise of the Frogs
The Horned Frogs have been one of the nation's top programs over the past several years. Here's a look at their records and final rankings since 2005:
Year Record Top 25 Finish (AP)
2005 11-1 No. 11
2006 11-2 No. 22
2007 8-5 —
2008 11-2 No. 7
2009 12-1 No. 6
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