If you are like me, then the rest of the weekend was not enough time to recover from the embarrassment SMU suffered at the hands of Texas A&M this Saturday. What's worse is the Mustangs might be in for another long day against TCU in the Battle for the Iron Skillet.
This long-standing rivalry may be further proof of how far the Mustangs have backslid in the past two years. When these two teams played in Fort Worth two seasons ago, SMU managed to sneak away with the victory. Neither team has turned heads this year but at least TCU has starting quarterback Casey Pachall's injury to blame for that. If SMU is going to pull off the upset this weekend, they will need to stop these five players.
1. QB Trevone Boykin- Pachall is still recovering from surgery on his injured left arm so Boykin is the starter again this week. Boykin began his season well by completing 9 of 13 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns and leading the Horned Frogs to victory over Southeastern Louisiana after Pachall left with his injury. Boykin slipped the next week, throwing two picks in the loss to Texas Tech. With two weeks to game plan, one can expect Boykin to rebound against the week SMU defense, especially if defensive coordinator Tom Mason follows up his ‘Worst Job in America' game plan of only sending three rushers after a fleet-footed quarterback.
2. S Elisha Olabode- Oladobe is capping off a great college career with another solid season. After being voted onto the All-Big 12 honorable mention by the AP and coaches' polls, Oladobe is TCU's leading tackler with 24. He also has three pass break ups and three passes defended. On an inconsistent TCU defense, Oladobe is the steady, veteran presence.
3. S Chris Hackett- The future of the TCU defense lies in Hackett's hands. Last season as a redshirt freshman, Hackett started ten games and posted good numbers- 61 tackles, two interceptions, five pass break ups, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. This includes his one interception, one fumble recovery performance against SMU last season. This year, he is second with 18 tackles and already has two interceptions, three passes defended and a sack. Look for him to have a big against SMU Saturday.
4. RB B.J. Catalon- Catalon has been Mr. Consistent for a TCU team that features a lot of runners. Catalon has rushed 28 times for 169 yards with a six yards per carry average. He has scored all three of his touchdowns running the football, which highlights the fact that Catalon is not much of a threat catching the ball. A one-dimensional running back will be a nice change of pace for an SMU defense that faced a number of dynamic backs already this season, but now it is up to them to stop the TCU workhorse.
5. WR Deante' Gray- With number one receiver Brandon Carter in TCU head coach Gary Patterson's ‘dog house,' according to Scout's Alex Apple, Boykin may find himself looking for sophomore wide receiver Deante' Gray. Gray has only seven receptions for 87 yards, and he does not have the talent of Carter, but Gray may get the majority of the looks for TCU this week after Patterson was displeased with Carter's attitude at practice last week.
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