What to watch for on offense for SMU
An improved running game. SMU committed to the run against Texas A&M with SMU running backs toting the rock 25 times, but they didn't get too much going. It will be important to develop the ground game again to take some of the pressure off of Garrett Krstich or whoever else is at quarterback for SMU. Kevin Pope, Darius Durall, Prescott Line and K.C. Nlemchi should all expect some carries, but don't expect success. SMU is facing the #16th ranked rush defense in the country. SMU has to stick with it though. Krstich can't carry the ball for 14 times again.
What to watch for on offense for TCU
All the playmakers. TCU has plenty of athletes all over the field on offense. The Horned Frogs haven't really been challenged in their first two games so a lot of different players have been getting touches. Trevone Boykin beat out Matt Joeckel for the starting QB job. Boykin brings an added dimension and currently leads the team in rushing. TCU will also use B.J. Catalon and Deante' Gray to run the ball with jet sweeps and the option game. Gray is averaging over 11 yards a carry. TCU has always had the athletes, it's just a matter of how they use them against SMU this week.
What to watch for on defense for SMU
SMU has given up over 250 yards rushing twice and 245 yards against North Texas this year. Not good. SMU has to get tougher in the trenches, but it also starts with SMU's linebackers filling their gaps better. Missing 31 tackles like SMU did against Texas A&M won't help either. Better tackling is key and I'm sure it's been a point of emphasis for Tom Mason's staff this weekend. Let's throw special teams in here as well as an area that has to build off of its play against A&M. Every year, TCU has an explosive, game-changing play on special teams. Have to stop those if SMU wants to pull the upset.
What to watch for on defense for TCU
Letting the dogs loose. TCU is missing Devonte Fields, the former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, who was dismissed this offseason, but TCU still has the #2 defense in the country. Look for TCU to pressure Krstich big time and force some bad decisions and for him to take some shots. Krstich is fearless, but TCU will be really coming after him in this rivalry game. Watch out!