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Big 12 storylines: Texas’ drop in home attendance worth tracking


Texas crowd count: The Longhorns, who regularly filled DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium (capacity 100,119) during the Mack Brown era, drew an announced crowd of 86,458 for last week’s home opener against Rice. It will be interesting to see if Texas’ 42-28 victory will boost attendance for Saturday’s matchup against California considering the school raised ticket prices by an average of 6 percent (21.5 percent for season tickets) coming off a 6-7 season. Still available: roughly 8,000 seats in the Texas section for the team’s Oct. 10 showdown against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.

Dominant defense: Kansas State leads the nation in scoring defense (1.5 avg.) heading into Saturday’s game against Louisiana Tech. The Wildcats (2-0) have allowed three or fewer points in their first two games for only the third time in school history. It also happened in 1936 and 2002.

Fresh faces in Frogs’ end zone: TCU has had five players score their first college touchdowns this season. All five found the end zone in last week’s 70-7 rout of Stephen F. Austin: Denzel Johnson, Jaelan Austin, Kyle Hicks, Colten Christensen and KaVontae Turpin. The third-ranked Horned Frogs hope to extend the trend Saturday against SMU.

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