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TCU, SMU previews, plus BCS busters

Today is non-AQ preview day on ESPN.com. Hopefully you saw the stories I wrote on Boise State, Case Keenum, potential future BCS busters and predictions for the Mountain West.

There is plenty more from ESPNDallas.com as well. Jeff Caplan catches up with new TCU quarterback Casey Pachall, who has the tough task of replacing Andy Dalton. "I can't worry about filling his shoes. That's not what I'm concerned about," Pachall said. "I'm going to do what I have to do to help this team. I'm ready for it."

Caplan also profiles suddenly resurgent SMU and its place in the college football landscape, with talk of realignment and superconferences remaining a hot topic. The Mustangs have made it to two straight bowl games and should make it back to a third this season, but they have not generated as much interest in the Dallas area as you would think.

Over at North Texas, Dan McCarney takes over the program from Todd Dodge, who won four games in six seasons. The Mean Green have a fresh sense of optimism with their new coach, new football stadium and even new uniforms. Can McCarney get the program turned around?

Finally, Bruce Feldman lists his top BCS busters. While my piece looks at those who can step up and fill the void left by TCU and Utah long-term, Bruce lists teams he thinks have a chance to make it into a BCS game this season. The list might surprise you.